17 February 2020

Natural versus Narrow ~ Good for Bad


Greetings Dear Reader,

Yesterday morning, after writing my BLOG, I had an hour before I needed to get dressed for church.  I chose to work on the novel that is currently my focus for creation.  There is another in rewrite and one in final edit.  Within minutes I hit my writing stride and the words were flowing as fast as I could move my fingers.

Humming along through dialog between two of my primary characters, I was abashed when my phone reminded me it was time to get ready.  I paused, typed out one more interchange, and then stopped.  The boys in the basement kept churning out the dialogue.  I captured another half page. 

Then my mind began to mess with me.  It suggested, “You know, writing is an act of worship for you.  You could stay here and keep writing.  You do not HAVE to go to church to worship.”  I looked at the clock and compromised.  I pondered that if I was in the shower in fifteen minutes, that I could get there in time to pray for the worship team and still be there for church. 

The words and the time sped by.  My mind whispered, “Look how good it is going.  Just remain here and write.  God will understand.”  Then I realized what was happening.  You see, I had a commitment to some people at church.  I needed to be there to keep that commitment.  I saved my work, made a few brief notes, and dressed for church.

There were no fireworks or choirs of angels lauding my choice.  Rather, there was a clear understanding that it is possible to do good things for the wrong reason.  It does not matter how clever my dialogue is if it is written because I am avoiding my obligations in other areas.  I spent most of the day writing and the pace and ease were still there. 

It is a natural thing to keep going when we are on pace.   It is the narrow thing to break our stride for the needs of others.   If I believe that my writing is an act of worship, then I must believe as well that it will be what it is supposed to be at the right times.  Even writing requires my faith that the Father is working it all out as it should be.

As we walk the narrow path home, Dear Reader, we must manage our inner dialogue so that it speaks to what is right even when choosing between two things that are good.  It is always good and right to share this journey with you.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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16 February 2020

Natural versus Narrow ~ Opening Thoughts


Greetings Dear Reader,

When I was a lad, I loved exploring my Grandfather’s farm.  There was a broad path that led to the area of the wood where he would fell trees for firewood.  He would carefully choose the tree, cut it down, and leave it lay for a week.

His purpose, as he explained it, was to allow the “critters time to find a new home.”  He would then take the tractor out after the aforementioned week.  His tools were an ax, a chainsaw, and chains.  His goal was to get the tree down to manageable logs that he could drag behind the tractor and process into cordwood later.

Watching him work entertained and taught me but I soon grew distracted.  I was allowed to wander as long as I stayed on the path.   It was, as I said, a broad path.  On a particular day, I found a smaller track leading in a direction away from my permitted path.  I did not know it was a deer trail.  I began to walk down it.

I saw the usual signs that deer had passed and that excited me.  After following the path for a bit, I was excited to tell my Grandfather of the deer sign and suggest the path for our next hunting season.  When I turned to retrace my steps, the trail did what many do in such circumstances.  It disappeared. 

Calling out to my Grandfather seemed useless, so I turned to make my way back on my own.  Realizing that I was not finding the path, I tried to follow the sound of the chainsaw.  What I did not consider was that I was in a small depression and the sound was echoing from the opposite direction off of a rock outcropping.  I grew further from my goal instead of closer.

When I reached the rocks, I realized that I was lost.  I knew the place but not the way back without my Grandfather to guide me.  Climbing on top of the flat of the rock, I looked to see if I could find my way back.  Fear and worry gripped me so firmly that I was losing my ability to think well.

I waited for the chainsaw noise to stop and followed another instruction of my Grandfather’s.   He told me often when we would venture out, “If you are in trouble, do not call out for me.  Others could hear it and ignore not because they are not your Grandfather.  Instead, as loud as you can, shout ‘Help, Help, Help.”   We had practiced it until he was sure my seven-year-old mind grasped the concept and the method.

From the top of that rock, I did as he had instructed.  My small voice carried through the air to his keen ears.  He signaled that he had heard me by revving the chain saw three times.  His further instruction had been that he would answer when I called for help with three repeated sounds.  Once he answered I was not to move unless I was in physical danger. 

Further, I was to count to fifty slowly and call out again.  He would answer again.  I would call, he would rev the chainsaw, and I would begin to count.   This went on for about half an hour until he found me.  When he appeared out of the wood, I ran to him.  He set down the chainsaw and took me in his strong arms asking if I was hurt.

Once he was certain that I was not, he handed me his canteen and insisted that I drink as deeply as I could.  We sat here in the grass and rested for a bit.  He gently asked how I got so far from the path.  I explained about the deer trail and offered that it was a path too.

His gentle smile made the loving rebuke that I had not stayed the true path easy to take.  He knew the deer trail and led me right back to it.  There we stopped and he pointed out the tracks of a wolf and a bobcat.  He explained that there are many dangers to following the wrong path even for good reasons.

That, Dear Reader, is where we are going to walk for a bit.  No matter how much we wish not to, we find ourselves on the wrong path at times.  I want to stand at this fork in the way and ponder the things that are involved in finding the right path.  Please walk with me and share all the thoughts and questions you wish.  I treasure your company.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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15 February 2020

Invincible Vulnerability ~ Closing Thoughts


Greetings Dear Reader,

We cannot be invulnerable.  When we try, the chinks in our armor are exposed.  The holes in our thoughts and beliefs are found.  That which assails us gets in and does damage.  We are flawed failed and vulnerable whether we wish it or not.

It is only when we use the armor that is not ours, but provided by the Spirit that we can achieve invincibility.  Faith, salvation, righteousness, truth, and the good news of Jesus Christ are our armor provided by the Father.  Around that armor is a cloak made of zealous love directed toward the Father and every human that lives.

When David faced Goliath, he refused the armor offered him because he had not proven it.  He had not tested it and learned to fight wearing it.  His weapon was a sling.  He had practiced over and over with it whilst tending his Father’s sheep.   Whilst bringing lunch to his brothers, he saw how his God was being treated, he became a warrior.

He knew that the Father was enough.  He knew that standing against Goliath was his only choice.  David chose five stones because Goliath had four brothers.  He embraced the good news that redemption provides and walked out to meet the giant.  He was unashamed to be armor-less because his armor was the truth that the Father had always protected him.  His righteousness protected his heart that burned with zeal for his God.  His head was covered and protected with the certain knowledge that the Father would save him.  Goliath’s sword and spear could not reach David because of his faith.

David was vulnerable but invincible.  His response to Goliath’s challenge burned from his love for God; "The LORD, who saved me from the lion and the bear, will save me from this Philistine."  When he needed a weapon, it was his love for God that fueled him. 

We can see from the Psalms that David wrote that he loved the Father with great zeal.  Despite the many times, he failed to live out that love, when called to account, it was where he always returned.  I must do the same.  I must rely on the Father to provide for my defense.   I have to attend to wearing what he has provided to do so.

When the attacks of others come, I am invincible in this stance.  I do not need to hate or fight.  Even when those I love reject me, there is no need to be destroyed.  I can instead use the vulnerability of loving others for the sake of loving the Father to fight and to win.  Victory will not look like I imagine it will.  It never does.  The win is far beyond what I can imagine, Dear Reader.  Knowing that I am obedient to the great commands is enough. 

As we move on down the path, it is in this armor I will walk.  It is this vulnerable invincibility that must be part of my determination to follow Christ in love.  We can withstand anything we must to share that love.  The journey home will not always be peaceful.  We need fear nothing, Dear Reader.  We need only wear the armor given and walk in the light provided by the Son.  Please keep walking with me, Dear Reader.  I do not have all the answers but I know where to go to find them.  One of those answers is that to be invincible we must be vulnerable to love.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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14 February 2020

Second Thoughts ~ Single Awareness Day


Greetings Dear Reader,

I am quite aware today that I am single.  I walk a fine line where what I desire is not available and what is available is not meant for me.  This may sound odd but it is evidence that I have learned from my failures.  Today reminds me though, that I am a romantic with no one to romance.

This begs the question of how to fulfill that need without leaving the path that is so vital to my journey.  I have no clear and clean answer but I do have practices that mitigate the loneliness and longing.  There are things that train me to be a better man.

Let me be clear again.  My situation is mostly my fault.  Two women have been brave enough to love me and marry me.  I failed them both.  I gave up on my first marriage and was so demanding in the second.  Even though all of our commitments are our own to fulfill, I did not do what I should to love and care for the women that loved me.  I have learned a great deal since then.

As holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day remind me, I love someone and am not able to repair what is there.  So again, it is up to me to strike the balance of holding to my true heart and ensuring that I do not try to force or manipulate things to my desire.  There is a higher way and I must do whatever it takes to walk it.

Being alone has worked in me to see people for what they need.  Committing my heart to love everyone deeply and passionately helps.  Seeking every day to love the Father passionately and as my first love sustains me.  The deeper I go in this the more clearly I see that who I have been is very difficult to love.

Stripping away expectations from my interactions with others teaches me to see them for their gifts and needs instead of a way to meet my own needs.  The loneliness is real for me but focusing on being loving without expectations fulfills me.  When my lesser self tries to assert its desires, I can focus on genuine love instead of seeking my own interests.  The gap shrinks every time I do this.  I am able to refocus on that which is good and right faster.

The other thing that occurs is that loving others first, unconditionally, and without expectations frees me to see their needs.  When we give ourselves away in the right way, what comes out of that is richer than my selfish needs.  There is a level of fulfillment in loving others for the sake of loving the Father that I have not seen before in my heart.  I have more love to show and give.  I am not setting out expectations that when not met cause hurt and anger. 

The things for which I yearn are based on that love.  Power and control have nothing to do with it.  It is the freedom to love without placing others in a box or corner.  It is seeing those I love as the Father made them and being at peace with what they offer that contains life. 

What I find myself wanting is only the Father’s best for others.  I still miss my fellow traveler.  I still desire to adventure the rest of the journey home with her.  I also long to be at peace with those I love deeply who have set me aside.  The truth, however, is this:  If the Father thought it best for us that those relationships were as I wish them to be, nothing could stop it.  There is great peace in yielding to this truth and grasping firmly on the love that gives it resolve. 

So, on this Single Awareness Day, I tighten my resolve to love them as deeply as I can.  I vow to respect the boundaries they have set for me.  I will grasp any opportunity to show them the love that I have for them.  I will retire to my rest praying for the Father to so clothe them in his love that it is all they see.  I hold this same love and hope for you Dear Reader.  Perhaps we can understand that it is pursuing this love is the thing about which we must become singularly aware.  This may sound reckless but it is true and sustainable.


Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

 
Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Invincible Vulnerability ~ Challenge and Response


Greetings Dear Reader,

I own a World War I era Underwood Portable typewriter.  It was my Great Grandfather’s who served as an Army journalist in the war.  It was the machine on which I crafted my first stories as a boy. 

It still works but lower case “r” is a little bent and produces a character that sits a bit above the other letters on the page.  The right shift key is a bit loose.  The “2” key is the only real problem, however.  If you wish to type a “2” or an “@”, you must use the force required to move a continent.  It requires skill and determination to push that button.  Still, if one applies enough force, one can push that key and produce a lovely “2”.

After an argument, a friend once confessed to me that she had been “pushing my buttons” on purpose.  She said that she knew that I was right but making me angry diverted me from the topic.  The difficulty with this is not her actions.

We cannot move through the world without circumstances and people pushing our emotional and social buttons.  Those who know us best understand what sets us off.  They can use that knowledge to manipulate situations or avoid topics. The world is going to challenge us by trying to push our buttons.

Learning to be lovingly unoffendable means that our buttons become difficult if not impossible to push.  We will be challenged but we choose the response.  We must recognize when someone is pushing the topics or issues that anger or hurt us.  It is our choice to respond.  Further, it is our obligation to respond with love and grace.

Wrapped in a cloak of love we can withstand the attempts to push us into actions that are unloving.  There may be no intent to anger our hurt us.  Either way, we own the buttons and can harden them against unwanted activation.  Like that old Underwood, I can become hard to button-pushing whilst remaining vulnerable to things that are loving and kind.

A friend asked me about this yesterday.  I explained that things that hurt still hurt.  The things that make me angry still anger me.  The new filter is in my response.  I am not going to allow the responses to be controlled by who or what is pushing the button.  I am going to filter the response through love and determine if the answer under that button is loving or not.  If it is not, then my rejoinder must be love, Dear Reeder.  That response will always produce a character that is above the line.  That is a good place to land on the page that is our lives.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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13 February 2020

Invincible Vulnerability ~ Thoughts and Intents


Greetings Dear Reader,

How often do we think or say that what is occurring is not what we intended?  We perhaps had a slip of the tongue.  Maybe we did not intend for things to go the way they have.  We say to ourselves, “I wish I had thought of that.”

It is in the mind that all our troubles begin.   It is how we think about things that determines how we feel, our attitude, and ultimately our actions.  Thomas Traherne, one of my favorite seventeenth-century writers penned this: “To think well is to serve God in the interior court.” 

Paul suggested to the Corinthians that, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”   It is clear that what we do and become begins in the mind. The thoughts of the mind are what form who we become.  If I consider this in light of my current question, I can see how it can be practically realized.

If the foundation is love, then vulnerability is vital.  I must not have thoughts that resist the thought to be loving to everyone.   More so, I must think actively about how to show love to others.  It must be at the core of my thinking.

The other side of this coin is the idea that when others seek to harm or offend me if love is at the heart of my thinking, they cannot.   I can feel hurt but not be offended.  I may feel anger and still not sin by failing to love.  To do this I must hold captive every thought I have.  I cannot follow paths of thought that stand against the knowledge to love the Father and love every human and continue to follow Christ.

The practice of capturing our thoughts leads to mental discipline that makes us invulnerable.  What others intend for evil, the Father can use for good.  Those who reject us need our forgiveness and love.   Those who have done us the most harm most deeply need our love and prayers.   I must love at every turn, even when it hurts.  I can show love in every situation if I employ humility and grace; if I think well.

The armor provided is sufficient.  Cloaked in active living love, it becomes impervious.  It is all controlled by thinking.  We must remember our need for grace and mercy.  We must dwell on the things for which we need forgiveness.  We must gain strength from the knowledge that if we refuse to be offended, we can use the power of love to crush every barrier.  We can be a beacon of love and grace that allows others to see the source of it, Jesus. 

I will not say that this is easy.  I will say that the attempt, after 44 days is worth it.  There is a level of peace within this path that I have never known.  The wrongs that others do still hurt.  It is my thinking and responses that are changing.  My thoughts turn to love and grace more rapidly.  My heart longs for others to cease the things they do that are hurtful, not for my sake but for theirs. 

If I capture my thoughts in every moment and turn them toward love and grace, I can become invincible and vulnerable all at once Dear Reader.   It is the closest I can see to the path that Christ lays out for us.  This is going to be very difficult at times.  So far, however, it is worth it.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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12 February 2020

Second Thoughts ~ End IT Day 2020


Greetings Dear Reader,

If we are going to be honest, this should cross our minds every day.  It should be in our view constantly until it is unnecessary.  I am not saying that other things do not deserve our attention as well but the deep truth of it is that as long as there are humans selling other humans, we have a plight with which we must deal.

The ENDIT Movement exists to shine a light on human trafficking and slavery.  Tomorrow, February 13, 2020, is the day that they as for us all to raise the flag of awareness.  This is the seventh year that the #ENEITMOVMENT is working to shine a light on slavery.  There are over 40 million men, women, and children in some form of bondage around the world.  Even in countries where there are lower numbers the awareness is not high enough. 
 
Here is what you can do:
Get educated.  The End IT site has vast resources
Spread the word:  Share this post
Raise Awareness:  Wear a Red X on your hand and when people ask why, tell them about human trafficking and slavery in our world.

There is no room in the world for the owning and abuse of other humans.  Join me, Dear Reader, in demanding and working for change, for freedom.  Help me shine a light on slavery.  Help make our world one where it is no longer tolerated. 
 
Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Invincible Vulnerability ~ Proper Division


Greetings Dear Reader,

Jesus spoke of the way home being narrow.  Many theologians have tried to further pin down what he meant by this and there is much compelling reading about it.  I am not trying to say that I have found some new truth, but my perspective on this is different than most that I have read about it.

I humbly ask that you walk through this reasoning with me as it leads to our invincibility that allows us to be vulnerable.  It may also divide others and that is never my goal.  Still, the Word is that which divides the joints and marrow. 

Simply put, I will adopt Paul’s reasoning chain used in Romans 8.  On two occasions, in Matthew and in Luke, Jesus tells us that the way is narrow and difficult to find.  He also says that he is “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.”  Let us then consider what Jesus says about the greatest commandment.

When asked, Jesus said the first commandment, to love the Father with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, is the greatest commandment.  He added, that the second is like it.  We are to love our neighbors.   This includes friends, family, actual neighbors, acquaintances, and enemies.  We cannot keep the first command without keeping the second.

This thinking about love gets a great deal of argument when applied situationally.  Taken to a logical conclusion, if we hope to follow Christ, we must love everyone no matter what he or she has done to anyone.   There is no act that mitigates the command for us to love others.  That, Dear Reader, makes the broad stroke to love everyone a very narrow path to follow.

Since all the Law and the Prophets are built on the first and second command, the path to righteousness is built on this very difficult idea.   The way home is through love that is impervious to whatever has been done.   To me, it is the hardest teaching.   It is the most difficult path to follow.

If I rightly see that following Christ is the way home, then I must obey his greatest commands.  If then, I strive to do that, I will be both impervious and vulnerable.  I will see the needs of others and have compassion for them.   I will also be protected from the hurt and attacks that besiege all humans.   Impervious vulnerability through love is very narrow thinking.   I hope you can join me in the way.   It may be that struggling against loving our enemies is what really causes most of the damage.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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11 February 2020

Invincible Vulnerability ~ Opening Thoughts

Greetings Dear Reader,

One of the hobbies I had as a lad was building models of the ships from Star Trek.  They were plentiful then.  I would carefully plan the build, setting up my workspace, reading the directions through twice, and putting the tube of glue at the top of the arrayed parts.

I would separate the pieces from the plastic tree they were on and practice fitting them together.  After I had the process in my head, I would walk through it all one more time before picking up the glue and beginning to assemble the model.  I knew that once the model glue was between the pieces and they were fitted together there existed little time for adjustment.

As the glue set, it formed a merger of the two pieces that was invincible.  Some pieces were weighty and you had to hold them together until the glue was soft-set.  Once in a great while, I would find a flaw in the joining after the glue reaches this soft-set stage.  The pieces had begun to meld and were almost one.  It took great care to make adjustments to this fragile vulnerability.   Still, I had to find a way to manipulate the vulnerability of the plastic before the glue transformed it into a state of invincibility.  That stage of invincible vulnerability is fleeting and demands prompt care and attention.

I realize that this sounds oxymoronic.  Then again, some of the best concepts do.  When it comes to the idea of becoming lovingly unoffendable then, it is this kind of vulnerability that is central to our quest.  It is this foolish concept of seemingly opposite action that joins others like loving one’s enemies as paving stones for the journey home.

I wish to ponder this idea for a few days.  It is essential to our journey that we see the deeper magic of how our armor functions.   Though we are at peace, we war.  Although we are going to be hated, we choose to love.   Even when our enemies assault the true heart of pilgrimage, we are invulnerable due to our armor. 

In the midst of the raging war between good and evil, we are required to be both vulnerable and invincible.  It is something that has to occur in the moment of crisis.  It is the time of action that requires the stillness of unshakable peace.  The paradox of this vital condition is one that we must understand to live it out, Dear Reader.   Please join me as we examine, lay out its pieces, then, carefully fit them together, glued into place permanently.  Help me with your thoughts and questions as we try to construct the model of what we must be to continue to boldly journey to that undiscovered country.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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10 February 2020

Milestone ~ Morning and Evening ~ Evening

Greetings Dear Reader,

I lived the day as if it were the kind of day I long for my routine life to echo.  I arose at my normal time, even though some friends thought I would sleep in today.  I did my Bible reading, prepared first breakfast, wrote my BLOG and went out for my prayer time. 

This is the usual start to my Monday through Friday.  Today, however, after that I lived what I long for daily.  I spent the morning writing, editing, and marketing.  I spent the afternoon visiting friends, talking of ways to love the Father more deeply, and being kind to people who needed it.  Dinner was a quiet time with family and kind words spoken to me.  My family offered blessings for my coming year that were beautiful and encouraging.

Other blessings throughout the day included getting to speak with my younger Son.  A friend making time to come pray with me at Morning prayer, another friend arising early to wish me a happy birthday.  All told it was a peaceful and fulfilling birthday.  My friend with whom I share this day and I have compared notes as we fielded the birthday wishes offered personally and on social media.

I long for the day when my income only comes from my writing and I am free to be where I wish, caring for the needs of those who I can; following the Wind where he wishes me to be.  Perhaps the many things in the pipe will make it so.

As I close this day with pipe and bowl, I wish to thank you for your kindness and love along the way.  The journey is rich and beautiful whether the day is bright and fair or cold and raining like today.   Your presence, the one we follow, and the journey itself make it so Dear Reader.  

Tomorrow, we will take up the thoughts and questions that lead us home.  We will return to the path having marked this milestone.  We shall begin by taking a look at something that will help us become lovingly unoffendable.  I warn you that in the midst of all this beauty and grace we share, this effort becomes challenging and dangerous.

I will light my Cavendish and sip my Writer’s Tears whilst I ponder the evening and you Dear Reader.  Sitting by the fire, I will dream of the things that we can find as we journey.  I am thankful for you.  I treasure our time together.  I love you.

I Sit Beside the Fire and Think – J.R.R. Tolkien – Performed by CamillasChoice

I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen,
Of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been
Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were,
With morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see
For still there are so many things that I have never seen,
In every wood in every spring, there is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago,
Of people who will see a world that I shall never know
But all the while I sit and think of times there were before
I listen for returning feet and voices at the door

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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