Fling Wide the Portals!

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I stood in church two weeks ago singing from our new Presbyterian hymnal, which is PURPLE! 

“We don’t wear purple,” was one of my great-aunt’s credos. Now every week, I hold a purple hymnal. The Frozen Chosen, as the Presbyterians were fondly (?) called years ago, are letting loose.

As we sang “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates,” a line from that purple hymnal landed in my own head and stuck:

 

“Fling wide the portals of your heart.”

 

What a line!  What a challenge!

And that’s my holiday wish for you and for me. Fling wide those portals.

To the new, the daunting, the creative, the unusual, the refreshing, the funny, and the irresistible.

Like the Christmas angel above, stand with outstretched arms.

Happy holidays and here’s to the promise of 2015!

 

Angel Arms

 

My mom, Nancy Kiehne painted the angel. You can see more of her work at http://nancykiehne.tumblr.com/

17 responses »

  1. That’s great! I’m Presbyterian too, but we haven’t gotten the new one yet. I’ve really enjoyed your blog this year. Thank you for the variety of posts and sharing your personal health story too. Best wishes for good health and happiness in 2015. I look forward to more Friend for the Ride!

  2. What a beautiful Christmas angel! The sentiment also strikes a chord with me-thank you for the post.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this past year…wishing you a Happy 2015!

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