Sometimes, I hear or read a phrase that causes me to pause what I’m doing and to write it down because I want to remember it for future reflections.  However, what happens is that before I get paper and a writing utensil the words are gone. So much for a good thought to explore.

As I celebrate another milestone in my life, I realize that I’m aging and things like this happen. Losing a thought is not out of the ordinary but I also think that a consequence of our fast paced world where things quickly and continuously come and go results in me getting distracted. (Okay, maybe a rationalization but it is a good one.) Yes, I also realize that there is such a thing as a “notes and list” app on my phone which would prevent me from losing a thought or phrase so easily but my phone is not the first tool I grab for.

Recently, I heard, actually remembered and wrote down a phrase that stuck.  Three simple words – “vivid for life.”  I don’t really remember the context but I just think it’s a beautiful and powerful phrase. You can go in so many directions with this thought. Vivid means very active or intense. It produces powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind. The word vivid presents the appearance, freshness, spirit of life; it means a strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible recollection.  It is used in describing the intensity of colors.  For me there is an intensity in the word vivid and strangely I found the word a lure of encouragement.

For me being “vivid for life” means that I choose to love and stand up for my neighbor.
For me being “vivid for life” means believing and acting on the premise that justice is for all and injustice for none.
For me “vivid for life” is understanding that we are all sacred because  we all are created in the image of God.
For me, being “vivid for life” means that black lives do matter and racism is a sin.
For me “vivid for life” means that light will always shine and love overcomes hatred.

We invite you to tarry with this phrase… “vivid for life.”

Scripture Reading:  Romans 12:1,2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Reflection Questions:
What do you think of when you use the word vivid?
What does vivid for life mean to you?

Holy God, let me shine light, the light of your love — the light that exposes injustice, the light that brings warmth and care.  Let me do what is good and acceptable in your sight.  Amen.

P.S. – I had a follow up appointment with the Dentist today (what a gift to myself) and all is well. Thanks for all the prayers, thoughts and good wishes.

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