LOOK-DON’T TOUCH

Mar 30, 2015 by

LOOK-DON’T TOUCH

Yesterday, I walked Mitch down the street toward Starbucks – just a quick stroll sandwiched in between early

THE NOTORIOUS COFFEE CUP LOT

THE NOTORIOUS COFFEE CUP LOT

church (as in 8 AM !!!), brunch with a friend, then golf.  Here’s an interesting sidebar.  One of our favorite couples has recently divorced.  Brunch was with the ex-wife, then, golf was with the ex-husband.  At one point, I was texting simultaneous messages and it was quite stressful.  That’s got to be another blog article!  Anyway, back to my walk.  It was one of those days that reminds you why you live in the Texas hill country.  We (as in Mitch and me) walked  just past the coffee cup lot (see Pretend You Never Heard This post) which is now covered in bluebonnets.  It was that time of the day when people were streaming in

for Sunday brunch at Russo’s, our little neigborhood bistro.  The people in the cars would wave and, of course , it being Texas, I waved back.  We walked past a couple of neighbor’s houses and I thought about the Palm Sunday service.  When we drove into the St. John parking lot, we were told to go to the old chapel.  As we entered, we were given the symbolic palm branch to honor the entry of Jesus on a lowly (by our standards) donkey.  After a few readings, we then proceeded to leave the old chapel and collectively walk to the new sanctuary – a beautiful new building so modern and such a contrast to the old, traditional one.  The new one has gorgeous mosaics that are worth a stop and look see.  They are works of art created by Rev. Jairo Lopez and I think they are a modern day version of the painted churches in the Shulenburg area.  The church is still work in progress and you really must see it.  But, back to the processional into the new church.  What a great metaphor that is so timely for this week.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Isn’t that what this whole week is about and what the message was thousands of years ago?  You know it’s no coincidence Easter is in the spring.  This time of year, the March winds have blown away the old, dead decayed vegetation  to make way for the new spring leaves and flowers.  Does the term fresh beginning ring a bell?…………….Back to my walk.  We get on

ST. JOHN'S OLD CHAPEL

ST. JOHN’S OLD CHAPEL

down to the vacant lot that is directly across from Starbucks.  Again, the ground is covered with bee-u-tee-full blues.  In the midst of them is a tacky sign that says private property.  In other words, look—don’t touch.  Keep your distance.  You can’t be among them.  You can’t get close enough to smell the sweet fragrance.  Zoom lens only.  Stay away……….Such a shame.  Again, a metaphor for this week.  What a shame to have such a great “product” and not share it.  Instead, you’re told keep your distance.  Do not enter — you are totally not wanted here.  Pretty sad……….Here’s the application.  Wasn’t that what that triumphant procession on a lowly donkey thousands of years ago was all about?  No more exclusions.  No more staying away.  No more you are not welcome.  It was about someone getting rid of “the sign” and saying no wait, this is for you.  Come.  You are welcome……….

THE ALTER MOSIAC INSIDE ST. JOHN IS MAGNIFICENT

THE ALTER MOSIAC INSIDE ST. JOHN IS MAGNIFICENT

I hope you have a glorious week filled with being included and encouraged.  And, I hope you have the opportunity to share that joy…………… HAPPY EASTER !

WELCOME TO ALL

ALL ARE WELCOMED

BTW, THE MOUNTAIN LAURELS ARE BLOOMING.  MY NEIGHBOR, NIKKI'S SMELLS SO SWEET.

BTW, THE MOUNTAIN LAURELS ARE BLOOMING. MY NEIGHBOR, NIKKI’S SMELLS SO SWEET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FYI-IF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH MARBLE FALLS, DO TURN AT STARBUCKS AND GO UP THE HILL TO SEE SOME OF THE PRETTIEST BLUEBONNET VISTAS IN THE HILL COUNTRY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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