Have you ever been discontented with where you live? Or life in general? Winter is good at that, by exposing the bones of a place. Winter lays everything bare, and sometimes it is just a little too raw for me. The sun even shines brighter in the winter, it is a fierce light. It’s as if everything is on display, but naked. Like the heavenly bodies are shining a bright light on the nakedness of the earth. I get an itch in the winter that I cannot scratch, a sort of discontentment. So today I took my camera with me when we ventured out for burgers and a coke for my birthday. I thought I might see if I could capture the beauty of winter in Texas. I thought I might look at my neighborhood and see if I could find contentment, even in the winter.
I was not disappointed.
As I look at these pictures I am overwhelmed by the good.
This is my neighborhood…my home. I get to live here.
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
Maybe the secret is in the looking, really seeing, beholding.
Someone asked Abba Anthony, “What must one do in order to please God?” The old man replied, “Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.”
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers