Thursday, April 18, 2019

Damascus Grace

I heard this question today on a podcast ....

Where have you had a Damascus moment this week where Christ showed up either personally or cosmically in a surprising way?
That question was asked by Paul on the "Another Name for Everything" with Richard Rohr.  Paul & Brie ask questions and share thoughts too.  It is quite entertaining - and each weekly episode makes my brain hurt and my heart smile.

But this question ...

I think it is extremely good for us - extremely important to think about our Damascus moments.  To think of the times that our attention was grabbed by the Divine announcing to us - Hey - Look - Watch - Be a part of - all this Christ Love and Glory.

We have been to Tennessee.  We had a Damascus moment the entire time!  It was seeing Christ show up so very personally - so many ways.

The first surprise ....

Beautiful flowers waiting for me at the hotel from my brother & nephew.  What a wonderful surprise - a gesture that welcomed me from the first moment.

Nephew Dylan, Height challenged me, and Brother David

From the very moment that I received the DNA results - I knew that my family settled in the Tennessee mountain area.  The research of the ancestors revealed cemeteries in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains as their final resting spot.  Visiting those cemeteries was the first memory on my to do list.

And - just in case you are wondering - it is pronounced "Ornsburg" 
Then the place where so many are resting ....

My great grandparents - Will & Creta 

Along the way we met family - we saw places - and we walked on the grounds.  We were a part of that earth that has held my family since the 1700s.  A family that I just recently found - a family that has impacted my life since I was born even though I did not know them until now.

And that wonder that I have had since too young to remember - that wonder of do I look like anyone??

The greatest Damascus moment of this journey was meeting her.

More to come ... and a book too.

Inhabiting Grace
I have been to Tennessee
A girl & A mom

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.