Over five years ago we drove out this way to show our son @wespierpont and his wife @dylanmariepierpont the place we hoped soon to own. I always name things I love. I was thrilled when I saw a cluster of Bittersweet growing here. I think it was Dylan who suggested the name should have Bittersweet in it.
Some of the circumstances of our life at the time were exceedingly bitter involving abuse, betrayal, and injustice. Our family was in deep pain, but God led us to @betheljxn and to our home on a quiet back road in the rolling countryside of Jackson County.
The some Bittersweet caught my eye on my walk today bright in the sunshine on a winter morning and I realized the sweet have overpowered the bitter in every way.
Last weekend was a wonderful weekend at Bethel Church. I large group of men met for a hearty breakfast of eggs and cheese and sausage and potatoes in a burrito covered with sausage gravy, coffee, fruit, and muffins. Later an even larger group of ladies met for a Christmas Brunch. Sunday the children played instruments and sang Christmas songs. The adults joined in. I preached an Advent message from the book of Ruth. Last night Lois and I closed the day having dinner with friends around a big round table talking and laughing and we drove home in the moonlight.
There was bright moonlight last night, but there really is sunshine on Bittersweet this morning.
December 5, 2022