Top o’ the season to you!
We just got through Thanksgiving and most of the world took off like sprinters at their mark toward Christmas, barely taking time to digest their days, much less their meals.
How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was very nice. We were invited by my wife’s cousin’s cousin to share a Thanksgiving feast with their family. It was the equivalent of walking into a strangers house for a family get-together that we happened to know three other people at. However, this family is one of the most welcoming families I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. And it runs in the genes…my first encounter was similar. I stayed with my wife’s cousin, whom I’ve never met and she hadn’t seen or talked to in half her life, like strangers, and they treated us like we were every day family that needed to crash at their place for a few nights. And the food was amazing! So I thank God for putting people into our lives that weave people through our lives in a chance to share, celebrate, and grow, and I thank the cousins for the invites!
The following day, so called “black friday,” our family spared ourselves the chaos and debt of going out to the stores and stayed inside to relax, reserving a few dollars for our traditional “friday night bingo” with mama-T. We go almost every Friday night with my mother-in-law at the senior community, spend three dollars each, and hope to win a jackpot. Mostly, it’s just time spent together. This time, however, we received a special invitation from a neighbor in the community to share a “day-after” Thanksgiving feast with her, which was delicious and generous. I thank God for putting kindness into this woman’s heart and I thank Miss B for extending her kindness and love to us.
About a week ago, I received a special gift in the mail from my brother and his family. A special message from God prompted this gift to be extended to us, and therefor, we couldn’t possibly turn it down. Tonight, we had an opportunity to go enjoy a free event in Tempe, a comedy/drama called “Love Crazy,” a clean, Christian comedy production, which happened to funny as heck. I scored some free passes earlier this week and couldn’t wait to take my family to the event, and all I had to pay for was food, if we chose to eat there, which we did. Thankfully, with the gift we had received earlier this week, we were able to do so, comfortably, and it contributed toward a fun-filled, Christian motivated night for my wife, my mother-in-law, our daughter, and I. Thank you, God, for letting little ears hear messages of love and allowing us the opportunity to enjoy messages of love through laughter. And thank you, my family, for your love and generosity.
My wife received a phone call from her son today, the phone call she’s been waiting for since he left for boot camp on the fifth of this month. She got the phone call that he was there and safe, but she’s been waiting for that phone call of just a few minutes, and she finally got it tonight. She made it through, full of tears and joy. So thank you, God, for keeping him safe and strong and giving my wife that moment she needed.
Tomorrow is church. We haven’t gone for some time, as my wife and I have both been feeling quite ill, and with all the traveling we’ve been doing, it’s been hard to get back into some kind of normal life again. I’m hoping we feel well enough to go. I can’t even imagine what more of a message and a blessing we could receive than we already have this week. So what song has been on my mind this week? Dream On by Aerosmith. Just sing for today and leave yesterday behind, dream about all that God has in store us if we live by Him, with Faith, Hope, and Love. No, we don’t want to go to heaven tomorrow, but there’s really no better place to be, so if we dream about it, the more we want it…and the more we want it, the better we live our lives to get it. So until then, just live, sing, and dream on…
We didn’t make it to church this morning. We slept in by accident, not that we had an alarm set, but apparently we needed more sleep than we thought, and we enjoyed it…just dreamin’ on until 10:30 this morning. But I woke up, thanked God for the day, made breakfast for my wife and daughter, and am letting God have my day for me for whatever He sees fit…I’ll just sing along, just for today, in praise. Sometimes today is all we have, so take it for everything you have.
~Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings you’ve given us this week and we look forward to any blessings you give to us this upcoming week. Your blessings are are as wonderful as they are unexpected. Please watch over us in our health and happiness and through all the struggles of the mind and heart we and our friends and family face at this time in our lives, wrap your Fatherly arms around those who need you and comfort them in a way that only you can, Lord. In your most High and Holy name, I pray. Amen~