Notes from Jan

Hints of Heaven

June 26, 2017

It’s Monday and I’m home.

Last Friday the choir met for our final time onboard the Rotterdam, singing,

“Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.”

“Next request?”

Someone shouted the page # for,”Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

The woman next to me whispered, “I love this part about “all I have need of thy hand hath provided.'”

“Me, too.”

“You’re the storyteller.  Thank you for last night. I’m happy you won.”



Today’s been good and slow: sorting mail, stopping by the grocery store, taking a nap, reading.

Still haven’t unpacked everything from the cruise, experiences or clothes.

Yesterday,  after Stan and Judy picked me up at Logan, we stopped at Border’s Cafe.  While we munched on chips with salsa,  Stan asked if anything stood out from the cruise.

“The Tree in Oslo.”

I wrote about it last Thursday.
The Tree still speaks to me, as I remember its daring leafing out from lopped off branches,  green and growing somehow, nourished by hidden resources.

Saturday morning before disembarking I read in The Message words underlined  July 2014 at MGH from II Corinthians 4 and 5.  God still whispers to the lopped off  Tree in me, as once He spoke to Jud and me.

“So we’re not giving up.  How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace.”(from chapter 4)

Then, from chapter 5  in The message, “(God) puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.”

No day on land or sea, for any of us, without “unfolding grace” and hints of “heaven in out hearts.”







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  • Reply Dan Russ June 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

    Jan, I experience that fruit in your life and words. Gracias!

  • Reply wendy lane June 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I still want to hear the story you told! <3

  • Reply Nancy Sheys June 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    You are definitely a gifted story teller. See this as a gift from God. As a new widow, you have inspired me to dig into the Message and make these passages my own. Keep up your good work. You bless me.

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