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Friday, May 24, 2019

Learning Faithfulness with Ivy

Ivy is vigilant, keeping watch out the front window when she knows that Erin will be home from work soon. She anticipates Erin's arrival with such faithfulness that few things can distract her from from this activity.

As I watch her steadfast spirit in this endeavor, she is the embodiment of faithfulness.

Yes, faithfulness is a loyal canine keeping watch for a family member's arrival.

This good gift of God called faithfulness finds expression in this world in other ways as well.

Faithfulness is a lifetime steadfastly committed to the vows of marriage.

Faithfulness is never giving up on a friend who struggles with addiction.

Faithfulness is a bountiful harvest in July due to regular daily watering of the garden since May.

Let us take a lesson from Ivy,  remaining faithful to love God, faithful to love others, faithful to live into community with all that has life, and let us vow to live our lives in a way that is faithful to our divine calling.

Recognizing that faithfulness is a gift from God, let us pray that the Spirit of God might nurture faithfulness in us, that we may life our lives as faithfully in relation with God's love as Jesus did in the stories we read about his life, death, and resurrection.

May we partner with God in living lives that embody faithfulness in our own unique and authentic ways.

Change the desires of my heart, loving God, so it beats in tune with yours; and may the changes you're bringing about within me find expression in my living.

(Ivy waits for Erin looking out the living room window)

 (Ivy waits for Erin looking out the family room window)

 (Ivy waits for Erin at her gandparent's house in Altoona)

  (Ivy waits for Erin at our old house in Pittsburgh in 2012)


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