A friend of ours was out here(a few months ago) visiting in AZ and took this picture. It is a lovely moon-rise. I have always loved sunrises and sunsets. I love being with my friends, and family. All of these are things I treasure. I love it when the moon is huge in the sky and a lovely orange-y yellow color. This photo impressed the heck out of me. Look at the red rocks of Sedona…..so gorgeous.
I love beauty. There is so much beauty in our world. Thornton Wilder wrote that “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”. I think he was talking about those spectacular moments in life when you breathe deeper and are extra-aware at how much in the moment you now are…..
Moments like: you are together with friends that you haven’t seen in way too long. You pick right up as if you had never been apart. You feel immediately cherished, loved, accepted, hugged. You know that the day and not cannot possibly have enough minutes to fit in every bit of conversation,prayer, laughter, song, hugs, tears, and memories that there are; but by golly, you sure are going to try…..and you look around the circle of folks and you think…this is perfect…
I don’t know about you, but the beauty of those moments frequently does move me to tears. I try to listen extra hard. I look around at the faces, try to soak up the feelings….I want to memorize those times….and hold them tight…..because I am going to want to pull those memories back out of my memory bank at some point in the future.
It is those times~those Big Chill pasta dinner moments~ that remind me in such a special way of what my heart is conscious of….of what my true treasures are…we store the treasures of love in heaven, really. These treasures are much dearer than any earthly treasure. Moments and times of love ~ sharing ourselves with each other and God. For me, there is nothing better.
“for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also” — Matthew 6:21.
Thanks so much!
What a wonderful focus! I love the Wilder quote…I’ve never heard that one, and is really special. Sunsets are my favorite time of day. There’s something warm and comforting to me about the moment when I feel the day is closing. If it has been an “event free” day then I can rest easily, and if the day is heavy, well, then it is coming to a close. In June I will be enjoying a reunion with six other friends…we all go back to elementary school, and I intend to soak up that time and hold onto it for as long as I can. Each sweet face! This post was a meditation. Thank you. Debra
Love the sunset myself; they can be so achingly beautiful! How wonderful that reunion with your friend will be. Every moment precious. They don’t come around often enough, do they? I hope you will write about it after the fact so we can all celebrate with you!! God’s blessings to you today, Debra~Kate
thanks for these thoughts Kate.
Lots of food for thought – and the image was a feast for the eyes, too.
I had almost forgotten how red the rocks of Sedona are.
And the reminder about our hearts being where our treasure is…. good stuff.
thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much, Kris~I hope you have a lovely weekend. Our hearts hold our dearest treasures, and when we share them, the world’s beauty increases. Thank you for all the ways you share.
Wonderful words Kate…gives me a lot to ponder and cherish.
Thanks so much. I am glad it helped you do that.
Wow! That is a really beautiful shot! 🙂 Sometimes I forget how beautiful it is here.
I do too~isn’t it funny how we are surrounded by the beauty of Phx and completely forget about it? Then we go up to Sedona or Flag~and notice it there….I think we need an away-from-here jolt to then appreciate the beauty of here…unless it is Sunset—or the sun is glistening off the Superstitions….or….
This is So Lovely, Kate–and I was especially struck that, if we’re storing up those treasure of love and memories in heaven, then they will be waiting for us to collect again when we go “home”. Thanks for helping me see that today–it’s good to hold onto and remember, the next time I feel something/someone I love slipping away. God bless you and your family abundantly today, and always. love, sis Caddo
PS–Thanks for your offer to tutor me on my tech issues! I’ll contact you via email later–I’m on Day 3 of the headache from hell….
Oh poor you; I hope your headache goes away quickly! Remember, God guarantees that His love will be with us always. He knows our needs and fills them. People do slip away from us sometimes. It is so painful when they do….but He fills the emptiness and comforts us too. May you feel His peace and love today and everyday.
Thanks so much, karina ❤
Lovely. The photo, alone, was enough to speak peace. 🙂
I love that photo-it is the red rocks in Sedona~and you can see why photographers flock there.
Thank you for such a beautiful post Kate.
Kate, I really appreciate you!
Terri~I really appreciate you too.