Three beautiful daughters for dinner Sunday night. At the Woodfire Grill. After the grandson found it "so cool" - meaning cozy by the fireplace, on a cold winter night. He loved being there, with his two aunties, who love him dearly.
"How blessed we are with our family," Molly said as we reached home,"They love and encourage each other, and do the same with us."
I'd been to church twice in the morning - one sermon on Lust, and one on the Secrets of the Dark - the good things we go through, and learn, when we have to go through the dark.
And then, off to a 90th birthday party in Lilydale, on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul. I married this nono-genarian to a dear and gracious pal of mine. She was a horse woman and a high-end shopkeeper in the Mall of America. He, a General Motors car guy and executive.
He brought an earnest faith to their marriage, that deepened them both. There were stories all around the room, of people I'd married and walked close with them in their new love. Now 15 years had passed. Life had changed. They'd all grown older. There was a richness to the years, of every one of them.
Molly was up early to take our Kristen to the airport to fly off to Naples to be with her husband. They are dear to each other. Their marriage is a treasure. There would be a resting time on the Gulf. They would renew, "The Tie that Binds," of their life.
Today, I recover from four big things. Sundays of my working years in parish ministry were filled with twice the appointments in a day. Now it takes rest to recover, to live out a different stage of life. More like my 90-year-old friend.
Yet today when I finally arose, the sky was blue - high and clear. The sun was a spring sun, despite the cold air and the snow on the ground.
The earth turns. Spring does come - to our hearts and our days.
So worthwhile in life. So good. Thank God. O yes, HE'S THE ONE.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
|Arthur Rouner Ministries||
ARTHUR ROUNER MINISTRIES