Rain didn't "damper" (pun intended) the trick or treaters. They were still out in droves. So many adorable little ones who were so excited. I love looking into their innocent faces, remembering when our kids were all younger, envisioning the costumes they wore. Seems like such a long time ago. But now I watch their children dressing up, the same excitement in their eyes.
A new cherub has entered heaven. We found out today that our niece and nephew were 11 wks pregnant. An ultrasound showed no heartbeat Tomorrow our niece will have a procedure to remove the fetus. My heart aches for them. They have a little 2 year old son, but one child cannot replace another. Clichés include "you're young and you can have more children;" "it was God's way of getting rid of...."
Guess what folks? These well meaning comments are NOT what to say. Pure simple PRESENCE is what they need, not clichés to minimize their loss.
Lord, please bless them and help them in the pain and heartache they are feeling.
HOW can we touch the healing heart of God?
Perhaps, in moments of despair, the better question is can we BE touched by the hand of God? How do we FIND the healing presence we need?
I'm grateful for the gentle heart who took the time to offer me comfort and consolation in my most vulnerable moments.....a heart that allowed me to express my dark night of the soul.....who listened without judging.....who loved me unconditionally.
And I knew I had been in the Presence of the healing heart of God.
Happy Birthday, Jim! You are the love of my life, and I'm so glad you were born!!! I love you more than yesterday but less than tomorrow.
The lovely seniors who are residents at the apartments where Jim works had a surprise party for him today. He had absolutely NO idea...CLUELESS! I loved seeing the expression on his face when he walked into the community room and everyone yelled Happy Birthday. As I said before, he is a selfless man, and the residents talked about how much they love and appreciate him and all that he does for them. Thank you, God, for the gift that he is to so many.
I spent this past weekend in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with my CLUB sisters.....so so so so so much fun was had by all (in fact I laughed so hard that my cheeks hurt!!)! We all agree that we are just as silly now as we were in high school! That's a GREAT thing. I can't imagine any of us becoming "stuffy" or old. Individually and collectively we have great energy. Most importantly, though, is that we love and respect one another .
We are sisters of the heart, forever friends, and so blessed to have one another.
Is there a friend in your life that you are connected to? Have you told them lately that you love them? Let them know now. We can only count on the "now."
Jim helps out at a senior residence. In addition to maintaining the building and repairing various things in the 80 apartments, he also spends time with the residents who just need to talk. One of the residents, a dear Japanese woman, wanted to take Jim and me out for dinner . So this evening we ventured out with Yoshi. She is a feisty woman of 84, speaks her mind, and is so sharp mentally. While at dinner, she kept telling me that the first time she saw me she knew I was a "good one."
Yoshi is quite ill with tumors in her brain. Yet she has kept on living. She is generous to a fault, but says "I can't take it with me".
The rainbow in my day today was dinner with Yoshi ! Where did your rainbow show up?
I am a lover of the fall.....the beauty of the leaves falling so effortlessly, caressing the earth .......change occurring before our very eyes.....if we just T-A-K-E- T-H-E- T-I-M-E to look around us.
Blessings to you in this season of Plenty!
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable