Thank You, Lord,
bright and warm as yellow.
She carried Your light
in her twinkling eyes, and in
the warm yellow sun
of her laughter.
Vibrant and fresh as early spring,
with a sparkling sense
Finding joy in simple moments, artistry
she opened wide her gorgeous heart,
letting us in
to taste and see Your goodness, Lord,
in the shadowed
land we are living.
Land lavishly saturated with
color and light from her life.
Where our glad hearts are
for the lasting ways
she touched them . . .
and warm as yellow.
This tribute by Julie Jablonski is part of an “In Memoriam” series we are running this week for our dear friend Leslie Anne Bustard.
The featured image is courtesy of Julie Jablonski and used with her kind permission for Cultivating.
Julie is a still-life photographer who finds endless beauty in the small, delicate details of nature and everyday life. Self taught and still learning, store bought flowers paired with vintage china pieces are some of her favorite photo subjects. Julie lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband David. After more than 30 years together, they are now empty nesters, and still wildly in love. When she’s not taking photos, shopping at antique and thrift stores with her husband, or visiting with her two kids and their loves, she spends time reading, writing, and dabbling in various forms of art. Above all else however, Julie is a lover and follower of Jesus Christ and wants nothing more than for her life to bring God glory.
Oh, this is lovely. She was pure sunshine.
She absolutely was, Annie. Pure sunshine!
Part of the inspiration for this came from the song Leslie mentions in the About section of her website, Poetic Underpinnings where she says, Bright as Yellow, the Innocence Mission classic, is a very favorite song.
“And you live your life with your arms stretched out
Eye to eye when speaking
Enter rooms with great joy shouts
Happy to be meeting
And bright, bright, bright, bright as yellow
Warm as yellow”
These lyrics are perfectly Leslie!
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