Saturday, August 19, 2006

I want YOU!!!

[The mother I cherish in memory]

Recently reading about DS-Ian clinging to Sarah, crying, “I want YOU!” as she was leaving him at kindergarten nearly broke my heart. What a heart wrenching saga. I’m fairly certain it was harder on Sarah than Ian, but Ian might not think so now.

When our DS-David was five he spent over a week in the hospital for major kidney surgery. How well I remember leaving him alone in that hospital room when visiting hours were over each day. (Hospitals had "no parents” rules in those days…shudder.) He was so good and brave, but it broke my heart to leave him. I still cry when I think of that.

Though partings are a part of life – hopefully a part of better things ahead – they can in the meantime be pretty painful.

On the other hand, it occurs to me that little Ian’s appeal truly touches a mother’s very nature. For as long as a mother lives this tender thread will abide within her: a mother will always want to be needed and need to be wanted ... because her nature is to nurture.

So, it matters not your age or hers, should you have/make opportunity today to show your mother that you cherish her motherhood, it would be a good thing. In fact, it would be a VERY good thing.

Am I preaching again? No, just nudging, if you're in the market for a nudge.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Does that title make you inwardly sigh or groan? I can see where it might. I’ve done a few waiting room stints in my time – most of them in medical facilities. Not fun.

Still a part of the waiting room syndrome is dear to me – opportunities to show love and concern, to be supportive of others’ needs, to share a burden, to pray together…or to be on the receiving end of all such goodness.

Of all the lessons found in waiting rooms, this is the dearest to my heart: learning to wait upon the Lord. We live such busy, rushed lives. But when life hangs in the balance we wait and know that God controls the minutes, the hours, the outcome. What heavenly comfort. The Psalmist said it best:

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning –
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (Ps. 130:5-6)

The context here is forgiveness/redemption, but is not the loving-kindness of our Lord our salvation in every dilemma? We want answers now, if not yesterday; we borrow trouble. We need not be in such a hurry. We need not be anxious. The answers and tomorrow are in the Lord’s hands. Surely we can wait on Him – and learn patience, praise, trust and comfort in the waiting.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!


Thursday, August 03, 2006


I'm fiddling around with a new camera program which has a 'blog this' tag for photos. If it works it will be a real time saver.

Couldn't resist this shot of a happy quilting retreat. Don't they look like they're having fun?

They might even wish they were back there again...SIGH
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