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Yea!!!!!! I’m Seventy-Five

“YEA!!!! I’m Seventy-Five

Today’s my birthday. I’m seventy-five. Friends tell me that is a special, milestone birthday. For me, each day is a milestone and a gift. This morning, “Our Daily Bread” book of reflections asked me, “How has the light of Christ turned my life from darkness to light?” I could fill a book with answers to that question. This is what my response was several hours ago.

Tom and I start each day with prayer together. He begins with, “Thank you God for our life of faith together.” I am so grateful that we are together and that we share a life of faith. Tom has been God’s gift of Grace for me since we met.

After my divorce, I spent five years in counselling. It takes two to build and two to destroy a relationship. It was easy to see my spouse’s responsibility in that destruction. I wanted to understand my responsibilities as well. I wanted to learn about them, accept them, accept God’s forgiveness and grow past them. And I did. Then I spent another seven years learning how to love myself and others in a healthy way. All of that prepared me for God’s precious gift of Tom. After nearly 16 years of marriage, he is and always will be God’s gift of love and Grace in my life.

God has been my companion since birth. I have been blessed with the love of two mother’s. Today I am so grateful that I have learned beyond doubt that I am God’s precious child and so is absolutely everyone else.  That is such life-giving knowledge. It changes my perception of every moment of every day.

I know that my next 25 years (?) will have challenges for sure. AND for sure God’s love will be with me, comforting me, guiding me, empowering me. I’ll have lots of love and laughter. I’ll have tears and frustration. And I know that with God all will be well.

What a delightful gift this morning, to have this blog and the opportunity to share my faith and delight in living.  For me, the light of Christ, my belief in the presence of God’s love with me and with the world, brings light to the darkness of my world every day. I am truly grateful.

” Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 19-20

Can I Taste and See That Life Is Good?

Can I Taste and See That Life Is Good?

by Janet Stobie

birthday cake

January eighteenth, our granddaughter, Ellie, celebrated her twelfth birthday. When she arrived after school, her birthday cake lay naked on the counter, still too hot to decorate. The thought never crossed her mind that a loving grandma would have had a finished masterpiece ready to impress her. Instead, she said, “Oh, good. Can I decorate it?” We both laughed as we stuck it into the freezer to cool. A half hour later, she was slathering that cake with pudding icing she had prepared, stopping occasionally to lick icing from her fingers. She buried brownies into the deep ridge of pudding she had built on the top, and drizzled caramel sauce over it all. Then came the whipped cream roses. After supper, she proudly presented her masterpiece.

Today, I’m aware that God hopes we approach life with the same creativity and joy Ellie did with her cake. God gives us life and provides the resources we need. Just as I hovered close to Ellie, God hovers within us, offering suggestions and help when needed, cheering as we create the masterpiece which is our lives. Of course, there are times when the brownies fall over. Every whipped cream flower isn’t perfect. God is patient and loving, for God knows the delight we experience and the learning we receive through the process.

Even when you are angry with your own or someone else’s mistakes, or overwhelmed with the pain of illness and grief, with God you are creating a masterpiece, your unique and beautiful life. Seek out the joy in the journey. Stop and lick your fingers. Taste a moment of goodness.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 37:8)