Sunday, 30 August 2015

Parties and Gatherings by Susan L.

  My youngest son and his wife had a housewarming party yesterday.  It was lovely to have all three of my children, their partners and the grandchildren together for the first time since Christmas. My daughter-in-law's mother was there too. She took a few family photos of the bunch of us. It's not often the opportunity arises. Usually one member of the family has to be the person behind the camera!
  I've a church pot luck barbeque to go to after the service today but I am starting to feel the residual effects of two rather busy weeks what with family here (even though it is a joy), working three days in a row and yesterday's travels. Feeling stretched a bit thin is a good way to describe it. I am not sure if doing both, the service and the pot luck, is a wise idea. Mind you, not staying too long is an option, just making an appearance and dropping off the dessert I signed up for might be all that is needed. It's a welcome, meet and greet gathering for our interim pastor so I don't feel I should skip out entirely.
  It's a good time to reach out because trying to do both today under my own steam isn't a wise idea. So, Lord, options: 1. Do both in their entirety knowing You are with me. 2. Do neither. 3. Skip church, go to the party. 4. Go to church, send the dessert with someone else along with an apology.
  Okay. I'll go to church and see how it goes from there. Worrying about it all isn't necessary because this is a good day to trust in the Lord completely. (All days are. Some days it seems easier than others. Forgive me, Lord, for being the silly human that I am!)
  "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Great Time by Susan L.

  Quiet purr of a treasure filled van
  Crunching apples beneath the wheels as it pulls in.
  Meetings, greetings, such a joy!
  Flat space massive tent site discussions,
  Scrambling in the sudden rain to set it up.
  Swimming pool shivering despite hot bucket additions.
  Mosquito swatting, campfire S'mores,
  Hike, hugs and games.
  "Where is...?"
  Questions, answers, more questions and more questions.
  "Why is...?"
  Cat locating missions.
  Laughs 'n giggles. He's under the blanket!
  "How come...?"
  Wrong shoed feet, a pile of shoes at the door.
  Living room toy explosion.
  Tiny hands held.
  Both leaves of the drop leaf kitchen table opened for meals.
  Piano stool fifth chair.
  The chair by the stairs precarious.
  There isn`t much room for maneuvering,
  For serving barbeque burgers 'n buns.
  "Can we play with your rubber duckies?" Of course, all of them!
  Sweet smelling, jammy clad children yawning.
  "Charlotte's Web" being read before the sun disappeared.
  Tucked in, soon asleep.
  Adults watching the fire's embers grow.
  Cricket chorus chatting alongside quiet conversations.
  Adults yawn, fire doused,
  To bed.
  The house feels rather empty now they`ve gone.

  ``Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle`s.`` Ps 103:2-5


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Short 'N Sweet by Susan L.

  My son and his family are coming up today for a visit. So looking forward to having them here. They will set up their tent in the yard somewhere which is ideal. Finding space for four extra persons to sleep inside would be a bit of a challenge. Although, I'd happily give up my bed for the kids and sleep on a floor supported air mattress beside them should the need arise.
  We had a bit of rain last night but I am hoping by the time they get here the grass will be relatively dry.
  So I am going to make this short. Even though I spent yesterday cleaning the house, there's still a few things to do before they get here. The wet patio furniture needs a wipe down.
  I'll be back Friday, God willing.
  "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord." Ps 127:3