Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday, 03/12/12

Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Old Testament: Genesis 44:18-34
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31
Psalms: 80, 77, 79
“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”
“Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine;
   and we shall be saved.” 
(Psalm 80:3,7)

My grandmother is very special; my mom says she is an angel – she can turn a simple story into a magical fairy tale, loves animals and nature, and has captivated the hearts of people around her.  A couple of weeks before this past Christmas, she fell and broke her leg and shoulder, putting her in the hospital for over a month.  Due to her age, it has been anything but an easy recovery – for all of us.  Watching her deal with the pain and helping my grandfather cope have put all of us on an emotionally exhausting roller-coaster ride of tears, hope, and faith.  Personally, it has shown me how to recognize God, helped me grow in my faith, brought me closer to family, and taught me how to find God in difficult times.

I found God in the giving nature of Caden, our five year old son.  His excitement in creating a card for Grandma and buying her flowers compares to his excitement before a trip to an amusement park.  I know God was present the day we visited her with Caden.  Her happiness matched his eagerness as he climbed onto her bed, gave her a huge hug, and recited the (newly memorized) Lord’s Prayer for her.

I found God in community.  Many friends from my grandparents’ community and church have helped them, prayed with them, brought food, and spent time with them.  When we visited her, friends of hers came by every few hours – their concern and love for her so visible.

I found God in the present moment.  Through this experience, and in spite of recently increased work responsibilities, I have learned to put life into perspective.  I’ve found the strength to prioritize my time and focus on what is important – my family.

I now make a conscious effort to enjoy the present moment, smile when my kids laugh, soak up their sweet scents and innocent perspectives on life, and I pray that someday I may share Caden’s
crazy enthusiasm around gift-giving.


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