Generational Gatherings

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.

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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.

8 Comments on “Generational Gatherings

  1. Thank you for inviting us into your Thanksgiving celebration in such a beautiful way. I love the line- “Thank you for providing ever-changing definitions of beauty”.
    (And Galatians 1:10 is one of my favorite verses!)

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  2. Oh Daye…Galatians 1:10 screams at me over and over. And I still somehow manage to ignore it most days. Oh how I make my days harder when I forget.

    Thank you for coming by! I am so honored by that and by your sweet words. This was last minute too. I wasn't planning to participate today. But I was sitting here, in the midst of all of those activities – everyone running around my chair this morning, and I just felt it. Thank you for feeling it too. That's unity at its best. Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

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  3. Happy Friday Barbie!! How are you? 🙂 Thank you for coming over. I am blessed by your visits every time. Thank you for learning along with me, what beauty truly looks like.

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  4. Beautiful, my friend. Love this…”for putting aside of differences, for trying with one another and realizing common ground comes easier than expected. For unity of prayers.”

    PS I have a subscription. Would you mind adding a reply email? So from your post in my email, I can hit reply and you get the email. Only if you'd like to 🙂 I don't always get a chance to make it to your actual site to comment.

    Blessings to you 🙂

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  5. Michele-Lyn, you are delightful. thank you so much for coming by again. And goodness…for having a subscription! I will certainly do that. You may have to help me with that. Want to DM me on Twitter? Or feel free to email me. A link to my email address is on my about me page. I would love to do that – whatever help make it easier to follow and communicate. 🙂

    Blessings right back. You are a joy.

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