Fireflies

13 05 2013

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She was wrestling.

The old wrestle, when contentment struggles to hold its ground against a relentless wind hissing that the mercies aren’t enough. She knew it wasn’t true, but the whispers insisted, and her heart teetered, and just then he stepped up behind her and said it.

“The fireflies are out.”

In an instant something dark and constrictive broke. She closed her laptop and turned off the desk lamp, and side by side they slipped to the window, leaned in, and waited.

One spark, then another, and in the next instant the backyard twinkled like a clear night sky, and she felt it like a symphony of gentle kisses.

The old wrestle traffics in neon. It’s plastic and pointless and relies on lies, and sometimes it tricks her with its glittery masks. The old wrestle thought it had her down this time. And it almost did.

Thank God for fireflies.

They always give her wings.

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{Edit: A couple of people have asked about the painting. You can read about it here. xo}


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13 05 2013
HisFireFly

yes, this!

not only because I’m partial to fireflies 😉

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

xo!

13 05 2013
Jody Lee Collins

ohhhhhhhhh, amen. beautiful, Jeanne.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thank you, lovely Jody.

13 05 2013
Jennifer Lee

Oh you. You’re such a gift, my friend.

25 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Jennifer. Likewise. xoxo

13 05 2013
kingfisher

We don’t have fireflies in my part of the country, so I’ve never seen one lit up. Thank you for your poignant writing. Reading about fireflies always conjures up in my mind the young (or young at heart) dancing with the fireflies, or catching them in jars, or great glimmering heavens. It sounds like a magical time.

The Lord bless you today, Jeanne.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

For not having seen them, your mind does a great job of conjuring! They are magical indeed. Bless you, too.

13 05 2013
Simply Darlene

I’ve never seen a firefly either. Say, did you paint that image, miss Jeanne? What a great bit of Truth you’ve packed into this piece. Thank you.

That “pointless and relies on lies” has been hanging ’round here a lot lately…

Blessings.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Darlene. Our daughter painted this for my 50th birthday. I shared the story at The Master’s Artist back in 2009. Here’s the link:

http://aratus.typepad.com/tma/2009/07/jubilee-on-canvas.html

xo

13 05 2013
Deidra Riggs

Amen. Thank God for fireflies. And for sunsets, and wind that makes the wind chimes chime, and people who love us enough to tell us the fireflies are out, and for everything and everyone God uses to get us out of our stuck-ness.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Yes, yes. Amen. xo

14 05 2013
richelle @ "our wright"-ing pad

fireflies… something i love about furlough years. i’ll get to see them this summer and they have the same effect on me. they remind me that grace and mercy always glimmer somewhere, even when it seems so dark. and? that i don’t need to trap them in a jar to enjoy the hope, peace and joy they can give.

this was just beautiful!

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

So glad you’ll get to dance with the fireflies this summer! May grace and mercy glimmer bright. xo

14 05 2013
deb colarossi

Oh I hope we get to meet in real life someday.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Yes, please! What a gift that would be. xo

14 05 2013
FlowerLady Lorraine

What a great post! I love the painting, it made me feel happy and free. I’ve not seen any fireflies in many years. They were always a treat to see.

May we all be open to the many ways God dispels the negative things that pound us daily.

FlowerLady

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Lorraine. So glad you love the painting. Here’s a post I wrote about it four years ago:

http://aratus.typepad.com/tma/2009/07/jubilee-on-canvas.html

Love to you.

14 05 2013
lorisprayercloset

Someday I truly hope to see fireflies, it has been a dream for a long long time…..beautiful post.

14 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Lori. I hope you see them someday, too.

15 05 2013
Karen Zacharias (@karenzach)

Love the painting… again…. :). And you, sweet friend.

24 05 2013
jeannedamoff

Thank you! Love you, too. xo

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