The wedding dinner tables were adorned with roses housed in silver punch cups, goblets, and sherbets which were all family gifts. The bread was wrapped in linen napkins and laid in silver bread trays, also family heirlooms. The lace tablecloths adorning many of the serving tables came from my parents. A silver punch bowl and silver pitchers, which had belonged to my husband's grandmother, offered refreshment on a hot fall day. The pendant on the necklace around my neck had been an earring of my mother's. There was so much joy in using these special pieces for our son's wedding and we realize how blessed we have been by gifts from our parents. Reflecting on this, the Lord brought to mind a verse which reminds us of the depth of His love for us and of what an amazing gift giver He is!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
While we enjoyed all these gifts, we longed for my mother and our grandparents to have been able to share in the joy of this day. As my ninety year old father was leaving the tears began to fall down his cheeks and he said, "Your mother would have been so proud." His next words left us both in sobs..."I probably won't be here to see your other children married." Ugh, time out, I cry every time I recall that moment for that reality brings such pain to my heart. Returning to our house in tears, one friend said, "How blessed you are to know of a father's love like you do."
Was this line from the Beverly Hillbillies?
Kick your shoes off, sit a spell, y'all come back now.
Today may we sit a spell and think about the love our heavenly Father has for us. It is real, it is magnificent and it is ever present.
We love you Lord, and we lift our hands in praise to You. Forgive us when we rush through the day, giving your love for us and our love for you no recognition. Teach us to love others with a depth which leaves an unforgettable imprint on their lives. Teach us to live in a way which has others wondering what or may "who" makes us tick. We want to be like Jesus and fulfill your purpose for our lives. In His precious name we pray, Amen
Thanks for the prayers yesterday. The mass appears to be a Lipoma and will be removed later. It is not however the cause of the pain which I am in. I see another doctor Monday and am praying the pain is alleviated by that time.