After we made it through the flu last week, I was looking forward to getting back to my visits for my ministry at Faith and getting back to a normal schedule at home. Then we finally had winter weather, and things continued to be off. My preschool son joined me on a few visits (he happily showed the men and women in rehab and nursing care how to play floor hockey), but the next day came with an “incident” at school by the same little angel. The crazy week was added to by a congregant’s funeral, a miraculous recover for one friend, continued struggles for another, an additional funeral for a sibling of my husband’s co-worker, and news that a close family relative’s health is continuing to deteriorate.
I found myself slowing falling into the old trap of feeling things are going out of control. But a wise woman (a sisterunderthetrees at heart!) reminded me of the importance of being mindful. While I have gotten rather good at it, life can slowly creep up on us and we can fall into old habits. In the midst of chaos, there are bits of heaven in my life that I only need to acknowledge and lift up to God in thankfulness and joy!
- The smiles of the elderly as a little boy hits his hockey puck around the room, using their wheelchairs as goals and their feet as goalies.
- The faces of healthcare workers who normally only see the elderly, laughing as two little children escape from a room and run unafraid and unencumbered down the hall.
- A child’s gentle face expressing joy and unending love.
- Two busy children sleeping in their car seats as I get a chance to “just be” while in proximity to the greatest gifts I shall ever be given.
- Being thankful for having enough of everything we really need.
- Hugs, kisses, snuggles…and little voices.
May you find ways to notice God’s love and grace around you. May you take those moments to “just be”, even if they are only seconds between diapers, cries and running around town.