Flame Keepers

autumn sunsetWhen I visit homeschooling family homes I often find things very different from the average homestead.  First, I find a lot of people: kids, parents, friends, other relatives…all working and playing, talking and laughing together….often cooking or building something.  Second, I find shelves full of books…books that have actually been read. Third, I find art work of religious beauty: paintings, statues, hand-drawn pictures, embroidery, pottery, words carved in wood and stone which inspire and encourage.  I find pianos and violins, guitars and flutes and people who know how to make beautiful music, people who like to sing and can sing well. Fourth, I find gardens: flower gardens, vegetable gardens and fruit trees…and the bees to pollinate those trees. Fifth, I am encountering a quiet steadfast joy in these families and homes.  That is not to say that these people don’t work hard, that they don’t get tired, and that they don’t have problems.  But rather that they seem to have held on to the solutions to those problems…which is something in the creative spirit of the human soul…our connection to the God who made us in His image.

I congratulate the flame keepers of this generation.  You are alive, living a fullness of life many may never have the pleasure of experiencing. May you keep your flame bright and may your joy live on long after you….