Light from Darkness

Friday November 30, 2012


I’ve been away ever so long – from this spot, that is.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and it will be fun to check in with my FFF friends again.

So much to be thankful for after a great Thanksgiving. I’m linking up with Susanne for Friday’s Fave Five today. Click on over to join us!

Here are my favorites from the last couple of weeks:

1. Seeing family. What a blessing that we could see three of our four sons and visit my mom, my college roomie, and see my sister, too. We had the entire Thanksgiving week, so we drove and drove. It was great.

2. Having family across the country. One son was all the way across the country, but we’re so thankful he had an extension of the Groves family to celebrate with in California! So nice to know he was happy and with family. We’ll get to see him at Christmas.

3. Christmas music. My absolute favorite of the season. I wait until Thanksgiving, but then all bets are off – it’s all Christmas music, all the time. And this Thanksgiving, my youngest son and hubby installed something great in my car that makes listening even easier. It’s great!

4. My students. I’m really proud of them right now…some great essays written and some great projects just shared. I even got some praise out of non-readers for the books they read! And the cast of our Madrigal dinner? They make my day as we rehearse after school. In fact, they crack me up. Love them.

5. A quote:

“The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” (C.S. Lewis)

None of us chooses those hard things—defeat, suffering, struggle, loss, and a hard way out. But what blessings on the other side of them! We’re seeing that firsthand in our son Andrew right now, who’s living this testimony, and it’s spilling over on those around him. We serve a God who redeems those times, who brings light from darkness.

Wishing you lots of light this week,

10 comments:

Kendal Privette said...

great list, laura! so glad you had a great thanksgiving.

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Happy day to you!

I love that quote. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara H. said...

Seeing family is the best part of the holidays. Glad those who were away had some extended family to hang out with.

I'd love to see one of your madrigal dinners.

I've started Christmas music this week, too -- just couldn't make myself wait til December.

Love that quote.

Susan said...

How lovely that you can enjoy the music in your car. DO you have a favourite Christmas album or two? I want to build up my collection.

How rewarding it must be to see your students doing so well Great job, Teach!

My favourite line from this post: "We serve a God who redeems those times, who brings light from darkness." Thanks for the reminder.

Have a great week, Laura.

Jerralea said...

You're right, nobody chooses the hard times, but once you are there, it is so exciting to see how God brings you out.

I'm glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving filled with family.

Jean Wise said...

wow great list and powerful quote to ponder. Welcome back Laura!

Susanne said...

Yay for those who know how to install gadgets that make our lives a blessing! I need to dig out the Christmas music!

Our natural inclination is to run as fast as we can from hard times, isn't it? But it's also the greatest times that we can see God move and be real in our lives. I love the part of the quote that says "Beautiful people do not just happen".

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family!

nikkipolani said...

What a rich quote, Laura. And so true. I've met some deeply beautiful people who have great understanding in their eyes and in their words. Glad you've had good times with family and are enjoying your Christmas music. Decorations are going up today so I think we'll be playing Christmas music, too.

Melanie said...

oooh I like that quote!!

Glad you had a nice time with family!

I love Christmas music. Just took out my piano sheet music of Christmas songs!!!

Mom24 said...

Lovely list. So glad you got to see so much family and friends, I'm sure that made your Thanksgiving special. Glad you'll see your other boy soon.

Enjoy your music. :)

I'm having a hard time getting into it when it's 70 degrees here! It's normally mid-40s.

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