miles to go…

snippets from the zellner family

He has gone home. September 21, 2012

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I have been thinking about this quote by Dwight Moody, the American Evangelist,  for the past couple of weeks.

“Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal-a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.”

On this day- Wayne Zellner can say the same.  Welcome Home C-dub and we will miss you until we meet you there.

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a joy no one shall take away from us September 19, 2012

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Many of you know that my sweet father-in-law is in the final stage of his life. Eric has gone to be with him and we will join them soon. The time is just so precious. But isn’t it always and we just don’t know it? I want more moments to enjoy the hilarious stories that my father in law would tell, more moments to hear him talk about his childhood, more moments to see his handy work, more moments to listen to his favorite music with him, more moments for his grandchildren to snuggle in his lap, more moments to sit across the table with him and enjoy a meal.

Our souls scream out that this life is just not enough of the lovely that we want. This life is too short to contain our desire for family time and conversation. These moments on earth are too hindered by the unnecessary, the immediate, and the mandatory to fully enjoy the people that we want to enjoy. We scream out that we were made for eternity.

Eric is sitting with him tonight in the hospital- His daddy is asleep and being made comfortable. I imagine Eric talking to him- (one sided conversations), reading God’s precious promises to him, singing to him, talking about cars, sharing how Indianola is going, laughing about times in the past, and staring at him- wanting to memorize his face- his hands- his space.

Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment. There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our life. It seems that there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness. In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations. In every success, there is the fear of jealousy. Behind every smile, there is a tear. In every embrace, there is loneliness. In every friendship, distance. And, in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness….But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched with a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy no one shall take away from us. Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

though the wrong seems oft so strong September 13, 2012

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“This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

Maltbie D. Babcock – “This Is My Father’s World” 1901

I love this hymn.  This is my Father’s World. And after days like today where we watch such violence abound in Libya and Egypt- when we feel the weight of death around us- when we hear of wrong doing and we know of the hurt that invades this world…The truth in this hymn centers me and reminds me who is in control. It pulls my eyes back to the Creator. It causes me to hope in the All Powerful Name above every other name.  And it challenges me to let go of my own little kingdoms and be a servant in His alone.

 

Ephesians 3:20,21

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Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.

 

Garden club September 11, 2012

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Today I was invited to attend Indianola’s Garden Club. This meeting was a first for me. I have not attended a garden club meeting before- I do remember my mom going to garden club when I was growing up and my mother in law has been a member of one in Nashville. But those ladies make sense going to a garden club meeting- they know about flowers and can take care of them in their yards. I know nothing. The information just does not stay in my brain.

So I attended this first meeting proclaiming that I know nothing and that I can offer nothing. 🙂

Par for the course in the Delta, the meeting included an awesome meal and beautiful tables. Their version of potluck is like going to an Ole Miss tailgate- great food, good china and beautiful decorations. I sat by some sweet ladies and really enjoyed getting to know people. I heard what they will be learning over the year and one of the ladies shared a tip about Drift Roses.

I took notes 🙂 I really think I can use this information. Drift roses are a cross between miniature roses and knockout roses. They are hearty and repeat bloomers. They need little maintenance and bloom from spring to november. They need sun and pruning should be done on Valentine’s day. (easy to remember to prune roses on valentine’s 🙂 )

Thankful to be invited to the meeting and getting to know more about the people in town and God’s creation. Time well spent.

 

The Lord, The Lord September 4, 2012

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Pondering tonight the verse:

The LORD passed before him (Moses) and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,                              Exodus 34:6

That repetitive phrase The Lord, the Lord keeps moving through my mind tonight. Who is merciful? The Lord, The Lord.

Who is gracious? The Lord, The Lord.

Who is slow to anger? The Lord, The Lord

Who is abounding in steadfast love? The Lord, The Lord.

Who is faithful? The Lord, The Lord.

Just like catchy slogans get caught in my mind, this phrase keeps moving through my thoughts.  He is the answer each time. And repeated for emphasis. Who can do a mighty work? The Lord, The Lord. Who can breathe life into the dead? The Lord, The Lord. Who can fix what is broken? The Lord, The Lord.  Who can make something beautiful- who can bring life- who can draw hearts to himself? The Lord, The Lord.

Lest you forget- He repeats. Maybe because we always do forget. And need to remember.