The bustle of multiple voices, cascading in conversation, crescendoed laughter, gleeful exchanges of little ones tramping across wooden floors and echoed hallways….this is reunion.
Attaching ourselves in smiles and embraces after two decades of seeing one another, meeting some for the first time.
T H A N K F U L
So thank you, Father, for the coming together. The board game playing, the dominos clicking, the gentle smack talk exchanging, the smell of incredible food at all times of the day.
Thank you for generational gatherings. For end-of-life wisdoms, for putting aside of differences, for trying with one another and realizing common ground comes easier than expected. For unity of prayers.
Thank you for forgiveness. It’s the hardest of all lessons to learn. And watching those I love walking through it teaches me all the more. It’s the best I could ask for another – to encapsulate themselves in no other emotion greater than love and forgiveness. It doesn’t end – the road towards it is continual.
Thank you for blessings amidst cancer diagnosis and uncertainty. For final speeches and passing of wishes.
Give us deep breaths, wide understanding, continued refining. Give us destruction of pride. Give us patience with one another, with ourselves, with You and Your timing. Give us wide arms to hold, large smiles to share, warm words to bestow.
Thank you for providing ever-changing definitions of beauty – in all its prisms of glory.
* My thinner contribution to Five Minute Friday. Join us still – link up. This is the last of the year. Don’t waste your opportunity to say “thank you” to all.