There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt!
I visited a GENTLEman in the hospital this morning as I was seeing patients. You know how sometimes when you meet someone you just KNOW they are a gentle soul? I had no idea why he was a patient, and it is not the role of the minister to ask. He had the sweetest smile….the kindest eyes with a little twinkle….and his hands, while "aged," were large and strong; yet I was sure they had a gentle touch. He did not understand my purpose there as he seemed a bit disorientated, yet his smile beamed.
But it was his hands that I was drawn to. As I looked at his hands I wondered….what work have these hands done in his 80 years? How many times has he held the hand of a loved one….wiped a tear away….offered reassurance to one….touched the face of a sleeping child…. welcomed someone….planted a flower….held a grandchild ….folded them in prayer…..I could go on and on.
And now I am pondering the work of my own hands. While not as smooth and unlined as they once were, and they show signs of arthritis and more freckles [you call them age spots, I call them freckles ;) ], they do, indeed tell a story.
Blessings in all you do…..
This is Molly....our beautiful (inside and out) granddaughter. I wonder where 11 years have gone. Molly gets lovelier every day. I love our conversations and her sense of humor.....so funny. We are blessed!
Sweet Maverick is so happy to be home....of course he is always happy to go to his Appleton home, too. Nothing quite like a snuggle from a pup.
Someone very dear to us asked us for prayers for their little one, who is in first grade. Seems there is a lot of bullying taking place at the grammar school, and she is not the only "victim." The school is aware of the problem and will, hopefully, correct it. Until then, many little ones are becoming withdrawn, not wanting to go to school. Who could blame them?? What baffles me is that young children engage in behavior that is so destructive. Perhaps they have been bullied….or they are jealous of those they are bullying…..or they are not confident enough in themselves (ok, how many 6 or 7 year olds are?) to NOT go along with the group. I find it so sad for all involved.
Our children are the future…what type of future will they have if they are not given the proper guidance …. and love?
Jim and I just returned from a warm, lovely 8 days in Cancun. Weather was beautiful, sun radiant, and the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico warm. Hard to describe the color of the water….just beautiful. Needless to say we feel blessed. But, we are also glad to be home.
I hope each of you is well….I wish you a year of Love, Peace and Joy, Health and Happiness.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable