26 August 2010

a quarter peck of joy.

fresh peaches, quarter peck

they came by with peaches, lisa and her boy, just popped up on my front stoop bearing luminous smiles and bags spilling with fruit.

the kids clamored for an extra snack, so i parted velvet skin and carved flesh into wedges of gold. and with peach juice dribbling sticky down our chins, i thought: this is how God shows up in my everyday, through a knock and a friend and glassine bags heavy with summer globes.

so often i am cleopas fumbling along on the road to emmaus, missing Jesus as he unpacks truth beside me. i inhabit that contradiction of the slow and burning heart all too well.

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?"

it takes a while, but in the end i see it's him. and oh, how my heart ignites.

so today, determined not to let the joy stop with me, i knock on a door and hand a bag to the surprised, then crinkled-into-a-smile face of my neighbor. and i think perhaps God multiplies the peaches and the grace, that the good news is for us all, and that the best part of today is how i am lucky enough to share it.


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more imperfect prose at emily's.

23 comments:

Jenn said...

beautiful. love watching how He is using you in the lives of others (like mine).

Jenn

amanda {the habit of being} said...

beautiful photographs. and your writing is pure poetry. thanks for sharing this - it's so true and i think no, i know, i needed that reminder.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. way to pass on the love...it does multiply...

Bev said...

nice. very nice...

emily wierenga said...

oh nic... how humbled i was to see you'd linked up today. i love your blog, the way you write. it shines, and makes my heart burn, as you mention here... you speak truth with such beauty. and i have tears now, for what you've shared, for this joy... and now, i too, need to share with my neighbors. thank you, friend. so much. e.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

This is more like a gallon and a half of joy. Really wonderful and I love the way you spin words. Did your heart skip a beat when you typed out Glassine bags heavy with summer globes? Mine did.

fleetfeet said...

"I love you, a bushel and a (quarter) peck"!
Okay, well, actually, I love you more than that. Truly.

deb said...

incredible.
this is active love.

and you share it so so well here with your art .
bless you .

Melissa S said...

Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to eat peaches....:)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Isn't that the best feeling? Perfect scripture to go along with your generosity!

DollieDimples Boutique said...

don't we all need to walk along that road of emmaus more often....

Wandering On Purpose said...

love the beauty captured in the act of generosity from your friend to you to someone else

Melissa said...

Amazing to take these little moments and spin them into blessings for others! Thanks!

Melissa said...

Amazing to take these little moments and spin them into blessings for others! Thanks!

love said...

as if this isn't the most beautifully written piece about God's extraordinary love. beautiful. thank you.

The Frat Pack + Me said...

what a fabulous post...perfect!

lulu and family said...

yes!!=)

the lady of the house said...

adore this. what a voice you have here to shine 4 Him.

hugs, The Lady of the House

the lady of the house said...

adore this. what a voice you have here to shine 4 Him.

hugs, The Lady of the House

Melissa said...

Amazing to take these little moments and spin them into blessings for others! Thanks!

DollieDimples Boutique said...

don't we all need to walk along that road of emmaus more often....

Melissa S said...

Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to eat peaches....:)

Bev said...

nice. very nice...