All that to say, the above photo was taken as I was
hurtling driving, somewhat, sedately down Hungary Springs Road. I told Dave we need to go back, preferably tonight, so he can see the lights as well. Unfortunately, he’s not as taken with “yard art” as am I. I’m all for whatever someone wants to put up in their yard as long as (a) they aren’t my neighbors and (b) it’s not disrespectful or sacrilegious. Heck, if it brings a smile to the face, that’s always a plus in this frosty ole world, wouldn’t you agree? I wouldn’t want them to be my neighbors because that would mean I’d live in the city. At this stage of life, I’m not willing to give up the farm for city living…Eva Gabor I’m not.
Yesterday, Dave and I had lunch at the Jefferson Hotel. It’s a lovely old property with loads of vintage appeal and they decorate beautifully at Christmas.
The reason I wanted to go to the Jefferson, however, wasn’t because of their beautiful decorations; it’s because of Offering. They are a group of musicians who play some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. The first time I heard them was at Positive Vibe Cafe and they blew me away. Within seconds of hearing their first song, I could feel myself relaxing, becoming calmer and more peaceful.
For more than a decade, this non-profit band has been supporting various other non-profits by playing their brand of grace, peace and love. They play at MCV’s Hospitality House, Positive Vibe Cafe, many churches and for venues they believe to be honoring through service. This Christmas season they are supporting Meals on Wheels through Central Virginia Foodbank.
Positive Vibe Cafe has been training folks with disabilities for more than a decade. They rotate Richmond chefs who train young folks in the ways of a superb kitchen and they turn out some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. If you’re ever in Richmond, make sure to eat there; everyone will benefit, including you, especially if Offering is playing.
On their blog, Jeanine Guidry recently posted something that grabbed my heart. She talked about “the ministry of showing up.” I wonder how many of us have missed a blessing because we didn’t show up? We were too busy or too tired or had an already over booked calendar or other reasons, a host of other reasons. How many of us have wonderful memories because we did show up? “Obedience is better than sacrifice” is what the Good Book tells us; if I ever get a tattoo…NOT likely!…that would be the one…
Blessings ~ another Christmas Eve together ~ Offering ~ Christmas lights and decorations ~ folks who have servant hearts and then serve ~