New week, new day, lots to do. I am enjoying not going anywhere today (I think).
Ray and I just returned from a quick trip to Gainesville. It is a beloved place to Ray and I. As I reflect on the weekend, I couldn't help but compare this quick homecoming to our heavenly one. We exchanged so many hugs and smiles and greetings. It takes us so long to leave the building, our kids call us to see if we have left yet. This happens every time we visit. I can't wait for heaven when we no longer have to leave each other. These people have had me in their homes and their hearts. They have prayed for me and mine. They have been in our home, hearts, and prayers as well. They taught me much by example and counsel. Their kids are like my kids. I get excited if I find out if they are even going to be in the area. I rejoice in the thought that one sweet day I will be gather them in my arms and not let any of them go. Won't it be wonderful there?
Why? I get to see kids and friends! I miss them all terribly. I'm trying to figure out a time to head to Cali because I miss that crew just as much.
Last night was a song night in our congregation. I started reflecting on how songs we sing often bring back memories of specific people and events. I Believe In A Hill Called Mt. Calvary, There is a Balm in Gilead, Sing and Be Happy, As A Deer Pants, Rabboni are just a few that bring special friends to mind. Which songs bring fond memories to you ( it could be more secular songs as well-Over the Rainbow, anyone?)?
After you teach young kids in Bible class sometimes you wonder if anything sticks, especially if this is the first time they have been in your class. Last night I had 2 former students come and give me hugs. Oh such a reward! Loved it! These kids will plant themselves in your heart so quickly. Teaching Bible classes is such a win-win situation! Both the kids and I learn so much more of the Bible and we all grow closer in the process.