A Thankful of Joys

Pearl’s sunroom

Firstly, I’m thankful for Jody who encouraged me today to think about what I am thankful for. It’s a perspective I need on a day when my prayers are all tending toward the “Lord, help!” sort and my mind is going along the lines of forty tangents. Because tomorrow I’m getting up at 4:00 a.m. to make my way toward the airport and fly to Maryland for a spell.

I’m thankful for
*family who want to have me with them
*resources physical and financial to make the trip
*a husband who is willing to do without me for the ten days

Today I’ll be flitting about trying to decide whether to pack the blue or brown skirt, making a batch of pasta with pesto for B. to comfort himself with in my absence, doing the last load of laundry, trying to get the house a little less pigpenny, and carefully loading my backpack for the travel, with the perfect selection of books, notebooks, snacks — well, maybe it won’t be perfect — and anyway, I might want to just sit in silence and be thankful for my own little private spot, jammed in next to a fellow human who is suffering the squeeze right there.

In my psyche I have been feeling the tearing away from home and church, and the homesickness that I always fall prey to before leaving home. But when I remember that every event has God in it, offering the grace of Himself in whatever work is before us, there is Joy for the taking.

Pearl in her yard 2 years ago

Today is the first day in a long while that I’ve had the whole day to be home and do my work — and so far it’s been mostly a slow labor of the mind and heart.  Maybe that’s one reason I’ve been able to process some of the truths and encouraging words I’ve been hearing, and put it all together so that I see my way clear. And it is clearly joyful!

I’m going to stay at Pearl’s, and spend time with four of the grandchildren, and see Kate and cherry blossoms. I’m taking snowball bush cuttings, books, and embroidery floss, among other gifts. We’ll go for hilly walks when it’s not raining, and I understand that I am to bake cupcakes with Littlest Granddaughter Maggie. Maybe we’ll watch the movie “Babies” that I love.

Once I arrive, it won’t feel like work, but there will be grace and peace. And I won’t be homesick again until the time comes that I have to leave them and come home. Isn’t it wonderful to have people to love?

11 thoughts on “A Thankful of Joys

  1. “But when I remember that every event has God in it, offering the grace of Himself in whatever work is before us, there is Joy for the taking.” – love this
    Have a wonderful trip!

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  2. What pleasing thoughts here. It is wonderful to love and be loved; I am sure there will be a lot of that going on in Maryland too.

    Have a blessed visit. Maybe you will get a chance to share when you get back.

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  3. The day before a trip is the hardest; making sure all the clothes are clean, watering the plants, winding the clocks, cooking, packing, etc. You know the routine. It almost makes traveling not worth it…almost.

    But that moment when you can relax, sit down, and breathe out a sigh of relief is worth it all; not to mention what awaits at the end of the journey. Have a great time with your family!

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  4. Yes, it IS wonderful to have people to love and receive all that love right back. I hope you have a happy, happy, happy time and enjoy every minute of your visit!

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