Goodness

Goodness

There were moments yesterday when I had an awareness of feeling good. I’m not talking about health, though I am grateful for good health.  It was the kind of good that felt as I reflect on the pleasure of being with people I love, and enjoying their presence.  Melissa went to visit overnight with Amanda and brought Luke here with her to stay the night.  His early rising is too cute to fuss about.

So what if it Is six A.M.?  “When he says Nana can I get in bed with you?”, I’m undone. Several visits ago I introduced him to America’s Funniest Home Videos.  He loves to laugh, loves, loves to watch that show.  Usually late afternoon I will turn it on for him.  But somehow I knew… yep. This morning he looks up at me and said, “Nana, can I watch AFHV?” With a smile and channel changer, we starter the day off giggling together.

Good is watching Melissa play with Luke.  Her patience is so impressive.  She too enjoys giving to him of time, attention, listening, and encouraging him. The good day included swimming, playing with a new set of rings, toys to throw and retrieve underwater. Aunt Mel counted One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi endless times as he held his breath to go under the water to pick up the jewels. Learning to swim and not even knowing it.

Good is feeling the sun on my face, or washing lettuce Jack planted for a salad. Watching, doing, being.  

This past week has been a hard one.  I lost a dear friend and hurt for his wife, Mary of almost 50 years. As word got out, even though we can not gather, friends and former co-workers began to write their good memories, their appreciation for Charlie. Though there is sadness, the stories and memories brought laughter and for a few minutes, it was good.

I know this time of sheltering in is tough. We are isolated from what brings diversity to our days.  We can not always be with the ones we love. But there is a way to find good.  We can call one another. We can face time. We can watch old home movies, dig in the dirt…  all the while, i pray that you will feel some good. Good health, yes. But moreover good in your soul.

And if all else fails, turn on ‘merica’s Funniest and giggle!   

You are loved and prayed for. God desires good for you.  Pastor Lisa

“ ‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. ..on?… If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit* to those who ask him!’ “. Luke 11: 9, 10, 13

Thanks to our Cokes Chapel Praise Band! “Known” 
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