Today, for instance. When truck is broken, children have strep, schoolwork looms large and vacation seems too far away.
Ann says, “Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because the Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down; has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, “I know. I know . . .” The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who came and knows the pain.”
And so, I count . . .
#301-384 of a Thousand Gifts
not having to wait ’til Christmas *”thank yous” *sweet friend’s gift-surprise *silver filigree heart on long chain *plane tickets *Italy planning book *chocolates in a heart-shaped box *chubby face looking up at birds chorusing in tree *attention paid *chocolate milk *chocolate cake *husband manning the grill *afternoon naps *being chosen in Him *holy and blameless before Him–wonderous grace! *raspberry perfume *no hurry *gardens planned out on paper *carefully written labels at nursery, describing flowers like old friends *RSVPs for book club–yeah! *BIG jugs of laundry detergent and softener *time to turn down bright lights, turn on evening lamps *deep tub full of hot water and bubbles *new piano CD *paper plates *empty sink *sleeping baby *coffee-colored grout *CC memory work on CD *happy “gee-you!” over shoulder–invitation to give chase *gray clouds heavy with rain *littlest daughter serving others *talking about constellations with little ones *backyard skate park built with old doors and chairs *kids reminiscing at table about family vacations *oldest son’s arguments, logical and informed *He understands the way I take–my children’s, too *new laundry softener scent *last year’s gladiolas peeping out of new-piled dirt *old fashioned, flowery, gauzy shirts back in style *little boys tumbling over each other like wolf cubs *frozen pizza– simple dinner when dad’s away *apples piled high in pan with oatmeal, cinnamon, butter and brown sugar towering, ready for oven and tomorrow’s breakfast *Victoria magazine *roses *peonies *baby blue *blush *seafoam green *old pictures easily accessible in my computer
*birds singing good morning to the sun *mess-trash in flower beds (children play here!) *gifts written down, preserved, not lost *paid mortgage *full gas tank *tickets to Swan Lake *bathroom project almost done! *dewdrops sparkling in grass *oil rubbed bronze *half shirt tank tops (*husband writing in gifts, silly though they may be) *truck full of flowers for planting *poppies named “Champagne Bubbles”
*He understands my pain . . . still *shiny fingernails *spring sales *plans for shade garden where there used to be just dirt *peach trees with pink flowerbuds *red camellia *deep, rich velvet of purple pansies *tall spires of yellow snapdragon *wearing the lens of the Word, to read His writing in the world *How can anything be amiss? ~Julian of Norwich *dried flower heart, beauty for my wall
*24 hour WalMart *darkness, birthplace of light *turning the corner early to a surprise-riot of color *family yardwork days *week off–almost here! *truck broken (easily fixed) *scarlet fever (easily fixed) *ibuprofen *Earl Gray tea *silly baby, giddy over “open” button on the recliner *Chinese take-out