Thoroughly Alive

We must hunger after the beautiful and the good...



It has been a whirlwind of a week! I'm sorry I haven't updated until now - this hot, quiet Sunday afternoon minute has been some of my first downtime this week. First, to all who prayed for everyone here, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know people who lost homes and it has just been crazy for so many with the huge evacuations. I didn't personally lose anything to this fire, but there is something so grievous to the heart in seeing precious bits of your hometown burned. Thank you for your prayers and all the grace you sent this way.

The fire is increasingly contained and, as far as I know, causing no danger to inhabited areas. Most people have been allowed to return to their homes. I know there is a small army of people working day and night to contain the fire and I can't say how brave and strong I think they are to fight and continue to fight. I heard a story from our pastor this morning about how one returning family found the footprints of fire fighters on their deck where they had been keeping the fire at bay and literally saved their home. Pretty amazing.

Glen Eyrie is safe! It's actually quite astonishing if you look at the fire map - the fire burned all the way around the canyon in which the Glen sits, but it didn't reach the Glen itself. I am so thankful that that precious place has been preserved.

The weather continues horrendously hot. (At least I think so - Colorado has suddenly decided to model itself on TX, but none of us have air conditioners up here! I am a wimp in heat.) But there was a good ten minute soaking of a rain yesterday that felt like a peace offering from the otherwise entirely, blindingly sunny sky.

I'm glad this week is done but it was great good fun to have a dear friend of a family stay with us and get to play with their adorable little 'uns. God is kind and present in the gracious words and community giving of so many people.

Again, thanks for your prayers. A beautiful Sunday to you all.