This past week I went under the knife. A former track coach turned surgeon removed my broken ACL (knee ligament) and all it's attached hardware (I had done this before) and replaced it with a bright and shiny new ligament (and more hardware.)
Needless to say, opportunities to write have been replaced by scalpels, and sutures, and sickness. But since all is grace, isn't this grace as well?
This week's list? A seek and find. Seven good and perfect gifts of grace in this moment. This one right below.
|Me and My Caretakers. (The fourth is yielding the camera)|
65. The room abounds with the joyful expression. (no downcast faces in this place)
66. That zebra stripe back there? That's a pillow made in my honor by the missing Caretaker. A tangible gift.
67. The light of the world streaming into the room from my head to my feet. This is not a dark and weary place.
68. A place to rest. "Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
69. Availability. Each child knows just where to find me, and I won't wander off before their words end. I'm forced to be available.
69. Time. Time to watch. Time to listen. Time to live. Just where do I put all my time otherwise?
Notes of Encouragement - Just a little reminder that all really is grace.
Words of Affirmation - “They say time is money, but that's not true. Time is life. And if I want the fullest life, I need to find fullest time... the busyness of your life leaving little room for the source of your life...God gives us time. And who has time for God?" - Ann VosKamp
May I Pray with You? - Dear and Precious Lord. You are good to us. All of life is a gift of grace. Thank you for the hidden gifts in the mundane. The unexpected joys in the journey. We confess that our habit is complaint versus contentment, and self pity versus seeking righteousness. Help us to hear you when you say, "[You] love those who love [you]; And those who diligently seek [you] will find [you]." Amen.