Greetings! Sorry I have been out of touch for so long! Just days after my two sons and My Molly (eldest's wife) returned to college, I made the 12-hour trek down to see them for 5 days. Aaron, my oldest, attends the seminary I graduated from. I spent a day there visiting with my dear professors. What a treasure it was to see my son receiving the gifts I received and being the man God made him to be! Then he and I headed over to where his wife is finishing her degree and my youngest, Noah, has just begun his a couple of hours away (Aaron commutes one day a week for classes). I attended two of Noah's concerts--one choir and one cello--and Molly's senior art show. Visited with some young people who asked to meet up, and caught up with some dear friends.
Since then I have been playing I'm-Not-as-Young-as-I-Used-to-Be again. Took a few more days than usual to get rested and my back! Oh my aching back. I have a birth defect in my lower lumbar that really cannot handle the 12-hour drive in one day anymore. We do not like to be told what to do so we ignore our nasty little fractures and pay those pipers later on. :)
All that to say, it was all delightfully worth it, but I have been out and about and am glad to be back with you all.
I wanted to let you know the photo for this thread is a watercolor portrait Molly did after I shared with her the feeling of being held in God's arms as God healed me in the months and years after I learned of my ex-husband's secrets and lies. The photo doesn't show God's arms well, but they are just barely visible. She captured the sense of deep sorrow and peace that I experienced together in many moments as God held, healed, and surrendered me.
This morning I pray those very things for us all.
God's holding, healing, and surrenduring.