Life can’t get you down.
Just write through the hurt and then –
Your story is told.
Let God’s strength renew your confidence in facing today with courage. All is good and for your good.
– God in every moment calendar
“When the Lord closes a door…”
The motion is a slam, and the view is through pains of glass, but renewed spirit will breeze through the screen.
“Somewhere he opens a window…”
It’s the middle of the night in New England but I am at the Daytona 500. My menopausal self awakens and discovers my body in our overheated bed. It’s no longer warm from our laps around the track. Instead I am flush red, and there’s a pit crew in my head, taking the blankets on and off as fast as they can. The flurry of activity finally helps me cool down and get back on track to sleep.
I am dreaming of the finish line although there are hundreds of laps ahead. I want this race to end, so I can earn the trophy back.
I’m asked how I know my dog is deaf?
1) He’s a 12-year old pug.
2) He sits in the living room window to wait for me to come home. My car pulls up right outside that screened window. When I arrive through the back door, and he sees the outline of me, only then does he realize I’m back.
3) Sometimes he isn’t aware that I walked into the room. When I sit down next to him and pat his silky ears, he’s startled like someone that just saw a snake. He never heard me coming.
He is so loyal, his aging absolutely breaks my heart.
4) I just went into the cellar to bring up the hammock. I rentered the house through the back door. He didn’t hear me at all. Maybe it’s because he was focused on the cellar door. He was lying in front of it, waiting for me to come back up.
I didn’t want to surprise him, or make him feel badly that he was unaware, so I walked slowly toward him and petted his back.
He looked up at me wondering, “where did you come from?”
It’s mornings like these that make me admit my dearest friend has grown long in the tooth.
I know our Otis is deaf because it’s every evening now that I whisper an expression with my eyes. It translates, “I love you” because some day, he won’t hear our goodbye.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
The term is ‘needy’ because we ‘need’ to care for one another.
Choose joy and stay strong!
“By the grace of God I am what I am.”
God in every moment calendar
Moving day was very telling as I watched my daughter’s roommate interact with her Mom. She didn’t seem to need a mother, had her own ideas and wanted to do it herself.
What played out in front of my eyes was what had been challenging my heart.
Finally, I heard the daughter insist, “Mom – where are those hooks I told you not to bring?”
They do need our guidance; those words told me a lot.