Hold On to What is Good

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My previous posts, What Can I Do? and CINDER ella concerned the house fire Ted and I faced in February. This horrific experience continues to be a blessing and growth opportunity I feel compelled to share.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV). 

Some days are easier to visit the place I called home than others. There is always something new to see.

On a recent stroll next door, my cousin, Cynthia and I were pulling mint to plant, something we knew had surely survived the fire.  Mint, if not contained will grab hold and spread as quickly as, well, a flash fire.  Give it an inch and it’ll take the whole yard.

What I did not expect was how fertile the land had become. In 3 months, without the shadows and structure of our former house, ‘home’ has dramatically changed. It feels different – more nurturing, peaceful, enveloping, welcoming. It is obvious the land has regained its footing and reestablished its roots. The abundance was stunning.

You always reap in a different season than you sowed.
You sow in one season and then you reap the benefit in another season. You can go plant a seed today, dig it up tomorrow, and there will be no difference. But if you let it settle, slowly it will grow and produce. That’s the faith portion of the waiting period in God’s economy
” (Rick Warren).


When land is abandoned you expect overgrowth. Dandelions, weeds and grass were understandably prolific on the seared site. Life is that way too. There must be a vacancy for something new to begin and anything can grow from a void – wild or wonderful, good or bad.

Fertile4We spied bobbing petunias sprouting directly from the area where the fire began. Bright pink now overshadows black ash and rock.

Gazing about we discovered verbena, lantana, an Easter lily and canna lilies. The home site bellowed with fertility and promise. ABUNDANCE! It may be that the blessings of God that you pray for will come with challenges and adversity. Again, God’s blessings are not about ease and comfort, but rather about the joy of being a part of God’s work, being used by God
for God’s purposes, and being accompanied by God’s presence, particularly in the face of adversity. That is the paradox of blessedness
by Adam Hamilton).

Most stunning, a SQUASH plant – my absolute favorite food, and tomato plants – a family favorite. New beginnings, sustenance, beauty, promise.Fertile3

The old and former are gone. Lost are family antiques, photos and Bibles, 60 years of Christmas ornaments, all treasures, yet tangible things. Fire was the instant change agent that made room for renewal. It has taught me that NOW is what is important and to be treasured.

“The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions – the door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed, or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door, ” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Fertile1“It’s natural to dislike saying goodbye to things we care about. Who wouldn’t want to preserve the beauty, the vibrancy, the fun of things they’ve loved? Of course, these are the very qualities we destroy by refusing to let go. When we try to force a defunct relationship to continue, or stay in a job after we’ve outgrown it, it invariably turns hateful.
Denying an organic end point is like trying to animate a corpse.

The option is to stop struggling and let the ending happen, to go into the desert and let the grieving – the searing waves of sadness and anger – come. The deserts of our lives can seem unlivable. But if we stay awhile, something unexpectedly comforting happens. “Every happiness,” writes Rilke, “is the child of a separation /it did not think it could survive.” Conversely, any sorrow can be the parent of a joy we’ve never imagined,” (Martha Beck).



Hold on to what is good,

Even if it is a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

Even if it is a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

Even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life,

Even if it is easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

Even if I have gone away from you.

~Old Pueblo blessing~

~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

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