Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My son is growing to be a man...

This past Friday was Good Friday. We had an evening "Service of Darkness" at our church where we spent some time reflecting on the sacrifice that Christ Jesus made on behalf of those He loves. That would be me! And as I sat quietly contemplating the magnitude of my sin I heard a quiet wimpering next to me. Isaac is ten. He sat through the entire service with tears streaming down his cheeks as he participated corporately in celebrating Christ's death. My heart almost burst with joy and sorrow mixed as I watched him process what exactly Christ suffered on the Cross. And then as we moved to take communion together Isaac wanted to participate for the first time. We have discussed frequently that he has been raised to share in our family's faith that God is able to do all that He promised. We talked of a time that would come when Isaac would grasp and understand and be convinced that this salvation is his personally. I have seen that conviction grow over the last few months. And to see him celebrate the Lord's Supper was one of the highlights of my year. What a joy to know that Jesus has called Isaac to Himself and that He has persuaded Isaac that He alone is able to save!!! Isaac understands that he is more sinful than he can imagine and more loved than he ever dared to hope. And he cried crocodile tears all the way home!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The music of 2009

Each year I discover several new CDs that I like. Over the course of the year certain playlists rise to the top - songs that I listen to over and over. Songs that seem to reach into my soul and pull out all sorts of personal responses. For instance, 2007 was the year of Rocco Deluca. Soul. Dobro. Listening brought out feelings of freedom and abandon that seldom hit me so strongly. Then, 2008 was, for me, the year of the singer/songwriter. Shawn Mullins wrote of experiences that would never be mine. But still touched a chord in me. And Brandi Carlisle wrote of experiences that were mine. "Have you ever stared into a starry sky?... Have you ever been out walking in the snow... If you've ever been out walking you would know." "All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am." Cool album. Check it out. And the Punch Brothers Concert may have been the highlight...


But I wonder what songs of 2009 will rise to the top. Have you heard the Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow (out in 2008, but I just discovered them thisyear)? Will U2 finally release a new album? Doesn't Rocco D have something in the works? I'm looking forward to finding out.

Thursday, January 1, 2009



Merry Christmas from the Mizel family. I absolutely LOVE this photo of my kids. They are growing up way too fast. And doesn't Isaac look like a little Irish boy in the middle of two beautiful grown women?