Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another year older

Another year older and creeping ever so close to another big "0".  My hair is a little grayer and my body a lot pudgier. I have aches and pains that slow me down but I'm blessed to be healthy and happy, so it's a good day.

I should be questioning my mind this week after two incidents of wrong day, wrong place. Twice I've shown up a day early for something and discovered the error. Oh well, I'm retired so it didn't create a major problem. Today it was just a nice hour's drive that I didn't need to make until tomorrow.  It helped me pause and appreciate how beautiful the day is. The air is so refreshing and cool and the birds are singing. The sky is blue with soft puffy clouds moving gently in the breeze. God has blessed us with another lovely summer day.

Mama used to enjoy telling the story of the day I was born. Iowa was in the middle of a heat wave and she was ready to deliver any time, so the doctor put her in the air conditioned hospital to wait. She was delighted to be in cool comfort. There was no air conditioning at home. I was born on a Sunday morning so my birth was announced at church by my proud (or relieved) grandmother.

How blessed I am to have come through years of turmoil to reach this stage in my life. Truly, God redeemed my life from the pit of depression and has crowned it with love and compassion. Being a grandmother is the greatest experience of all time. Life is filled with ebbs and flows that carry us along in the ocean of purpose, crafted by God's hands.

Thank you to all who wished me well on this day. Truly you are part of the good things I desire.

"Praise the Lord, O my soul, All my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's (Psalm 103:1-5 NIV).

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, Gloria! I love how your birth was announced in Church. It's wonderful that we still get giggly and excited over the announcement of a new birth at church!