Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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Seeing Mom

On the eve of Mother’s Day, I looked for pictures of my mom to post.  There are too few.  The best ones I hold in my mind’s eye:

–Frosting two-layer birthday cakes with fluffy frosting while I sat on a stool and watched, then decorating them with fresh flowers

–Playing the piano and singing, just for the joy of it

–Her million-dollar smile

–Mom and Dad smooching in the doorway as their paths crossed—and again, and again  Smile

–Painting flannelgraph figures with water colors, backing them with flannel and cutting them out, then teaching Bible stories to a group of eager kids

–Packing impromptu picnics and going to enjoy them at a nearby park (or the back yard)

–Organizing and directing a church choir

–Preparing her standard dishes for a church potluck and being happy when we had lots left to eat at home

–Teaching me to iron, sew, polish shoes, cook…

–Making up my bed with fresh sheets when I was sick

–Begging Dad to stop the car and take pictures of breathtaking scenery

–And much more. 

Thank you, God, for giving me a mom who loved You, Dad, and me—in that order.  Please tell her hello for me on this special day.

A Bit of Heaven

I’m still reveling in the joy and beauty of the other evening with our son and his young family.  A neighbor had brought over a new picnic table for the deck, so we all went out and sat around —six children and seven adults, including the “other” grandparents, our very sick granddaughter and her nurse. 

We basked in the perfect temperature and prolonged light as the sun prepared to set behind the trees.  The birdsongs were extraordinary.  Before us lay the yard with its lush lawn and colorful garden. The kids entertained us with creative tricks on the swing set.  We savored yummy mini cheesecakes that another neighbor had brought.  We enjoyed one another’s company as we chatted and then gathered the kids back on the deck for “Bible time” from a book for children about heaven, which is much on our minds these days. But this evening was a foretaste of heaven, and I will always cherish its memory. 

Thank you, Father, for these feasts for the senses, mind, soul, and spirit.  You are so good!

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