Goodbye... bathing suits, and days meant for lounging around. Goodbye days that it's too hot to cook, or run, or breathe. Goodbye days of waking up, already dripping with sweat.
Hello, beautiful days of soft light. Delicious, warm smells, and deep, rich colors. Days meant for running and playing and basking. Open window and snuggly quilt days. Days spent yelling for the team in orange, because that's God's color. Welcome back, Pumpkin Spice Latte days. Glad to see you, apple baking days.
These are the days I was meant for...days when my heart is the happiest.
"Graceland" is the name of my favorite song and album. It's by Paul Simon, but more importantly, it's what "home" sounds and feels like to me. We always listened to this album as we traveled from my home in Tennessee to my parents' childhood homes in Florida. But today, it's also a pretty good snapshot of my theology. Somewhere I really believe that the Christian journey is all about a wild trip to Grace-land. As I see it, Grace-land is the place where God is waiting to meet even us–with all the baggage and brokeness that we tote with us. Grace-land is the place where we will be received with open arms, even though our attempts at “getting it right” have been miserable failures at best. But, I think, every step we take is a step on the journey to Graceland.