this morning i've experienced something that is very rare in my life: a quiet morning mostly to myself. first thing this morning, my wife and i went for a short walk with our dog, parker, came home and ate breakfast, then she decided to take a short nap because she didn't get enough sleep the night before. i've taken care of a few chores, but mostly i've spent time thinking about a few of the blessings in my life.
first, i'm grateful that i have a wonderful wife with whom to share my life. we love to work together, to travel together, to eat together, and we find that when we're doing something together, we take pleasure in sharing activities that one or both of us doesn't particularly like because we are together.
second, i'm grateful for my children and their spouses. both children are kind, generous people who are happy with themselves, their work, and their partners. they are thoughtful and helpful and a joy to be with, and the same can be said of their mates.
third, i'm grateful for many good friends--friends with whom we can share our lives, friends we can count on whenever we need them, friends that we can confide in when we need to talk frankly without being judged. some are friends from work, others are friends from church, but all are part of our family who will be there for us no matter what.
finally, i'm grateful that there is a stream of Love which never ends that carries me along life's ups and downs. that Love reminds me constantly to look for ways to make the lives of others more enjoyable, to be there for those who may need my help, and to always pray for good to come to those i encounter along the way.
my prayer for each of us today is that we pause to give thanks for those in our lives who love us and to give thanks for our own ability to participate in unending Love. shalom.