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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Simple pleasures (moments of Grace)

and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2 (NIV)

A family in harmony will prosper in everything.
~Chinese Proverb

Simple pleasures (moments of Grace)

The last two mornings, the dog and I have walked the teenager to work.  She lifeguards at the town pool, and it’s only a 15 minute walk. It’s not a big deal to her. The dog gets his exercise, I save wear-and-tear on the car and money on gas (who drives an SUV 1.6 miles roundtrip anyway??).  It’s efficient, multi-tasking, and GREEN.  What I’m not about to tell her, is that it represents an oasis within my day. It is a moments of Grace I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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Among other things, according to Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Ephesians 5 provides exhortation to love while cautioning against specific sins. It’s an atlas of sorts. We should follow it. Likewise the Chinese proverb, “a family in harmony will prosper in everything.” If we are walking in the way of love, our lives are as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God. He is pleased. We are happy. Life is good.

Our morning walks are a simple pleasure that teach us the blessing of alignment with God and harmony with one another. I have a healthy and whole child beginning to understand the notion of making and taking her place in the world. She appreciates the temple she’s been granted by God, and cares for it. She doesn’t mind spending time with her mom, and seems to appreciate the time we spend together each morning. We talk. We laugh, and when we arrive at the park, we feel a pull as we offer our goodbyes. Superdog looks lovingly back over his broad shoulders as we turn away. He doesn’t want to leave her. I know, puppy, I understand. I love her too. Someday soon we'll be rushing out the door in the mornings. Soon thereafter it will be time to pack her up and send her away to college. Sometime in the future, she won’t always be here in the mornings to walk with me and my dog.

But that is not now. Now is filled with moments of Grace, and I will treasure them, being present in the here and nowness of them, grateful. Grateful and in awe of my no-longer-little girl. Grateful that God gave her to us,
the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth… Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness. For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”
 Khalil Gibran from The Prophet

Parenting and its random moments of Grace.  A satisfying reminder that God is good.

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