JOY AMID THE MADNESS

In a world gone mad my week was delightfully sane and overflowing with love and joy. It was the one week of the month that I get to hang out with dear friends, ages 77 to 101, in our church family, calling on them in their homes. If the love and light of God’s grace that abounds in our time together could leaven the whole world, there sure would be lot more peace on earth.

There was an unearned bonus blessing this week—that’s redundant, for emphasis.  Juxtaposed with my geriatric peers was a 12-year-old boy who rode his bicycle over to my house for a lesson in scroll saw art. He’s a handsome little dude with a smile that’s going to melt a lot of hearts, and smart as a whip. I converse with him as with a peer, in spite of our 65-year age gap. He had a heartbreakingly rough start to life, but he and his brother were fostered and then adopted by a wonderful couple who love the Lord after they had raised their own family. I am just in awe of such noble souls, and immensely blessed for their allowing me to be a part of their son’s life. His hand/eye coordination is excellent, and I only have to demonstrate an action to him once and he’s got it. Sometimes he figures it out without me even showing him. And I thoroughly enjoy his company—a new friend! I had forgotten what a tonic an enthusiastic adolescent can be to a still-sentient septuagenarian.

Our church family life was capped off this week with a blessed memorial service on Saturday morning and a high school graduation celebration in the afternoon. Sunrise. Sunset. Swiftly flow the days, everything in its season and ever secure in the ark of God’s chosen, shut in by our heavenly Father from a flood of worldly woes as the devil rages in his death throes. Thank you, Lord, for leading me into the family of God.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together [and not just in worship], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

See you in church.

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