I dropped her off at school at 8am but I need to be back for the program in less than 2 hours...so I decided to go to McDonald's, read my Bible and blog because tomorrow will make 4 months since the wreck. The 1st of the month seems to be one of the hardest times for our family to deal with. Not only that, I know that Mother's Day is only a couple of weeks away. But, as I sit here, I can't help but listen in on all the conversations that are taking place around me. The majority are the retirees sitting as a kindred group to my left. One man, with an obvious hearing problem, talks loud and his other friends keep asking him where his hearing aides are. The men talk "war stories and the craziness of cell phones". The women laugh at them, take their cell phones and show them how to use them. It's cute to watch this theatrical production.
I've been here for over an hour and in that hour, they have spoken of death multiple times. "HEY DEE! IS LIILIAN STILL ALIVE?!" the loud voiced man asked. Then outside we hear sirens from a firetruck and more stories ensue about old tragedies and new.
They all look to be late 70's early 80's. Wow.....the stories they have. And they still laugh. Enjoy every second they have with each other, as friends and comrades, they are soaking up every little bit of "time" they have with each other. And laughing. Women laughing at the men and the men laughing about crazy things they've done over their years.
I'm sure if we were to sit down with each one, they would have so many "stories"....some unreal for my generation and certainly for my children's generation. But, along with those stories, they have wisdom. Wisdom that I've prayed for. Wisdom that can only come with trials of this life.
I remember listening to my grandpa & grandma Teeters telling all their stories from their horse-drawn buggie runaways, WW11, and list goes on. I savored listening to those stories, still do with my grandmother. I always knew, even when I was young (and "knew it all") that their wisdom was something priceless. Something that could only be "earned"......And I miss them.
My prayer today is that God will use me to Glorify Him. Even though the weight that I carry in my heart, seems a little heavier today because tomorrow is May 1st.
And for today, I will have "great joy" in watching my beautiful Kori receive her awards for all her hard work. Today, I will PRAISE HIM.......regardless of pain and sadness.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Faith and Endurance
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
This is a picture of my grandpa Teeters and Kori at grandpa & grandma's 70th wedding anniversary party. What a blessing.