Good Morning, God!
Yesterday, just after sunrise, Kit and I went to Sandy Beach to join the Extended Miller Family for the 35th Celebration of their Dad’s life .
We had a lot of catching up to do as we only see them from year to year. Such a good feeling — being together — over time. A lovely sense of continuity, God. We arrived and slipped into our part of the day’s fabric.
I wonder, God, if we humans really appreciate the richness of friendships as they grow over time. So many of my friends are people I have been meeting with on a regular basis for over 20 or 30 years.
Friendships like that are like pearls — they have grown layer by layer — years of loving deposits. I’m so thankful. And thankful for reconnecting with friends that have moved. It’s a delight to find them again!
Then, God, there is just the sheer JOY of being at the beach. Photoholics like me go wild. At one point I stood near the water clicking away to catch the spray splashing off the rocks. I couldn’t stop. True, a video would catch it better. But there is a challenge to snapping a photo at just the right time. Actually, I think taking photos has helped me to see better.
Although, God, when I showed Kit the photo of him at the beach, he said “Gosh, the guy fishing behind me looks like he is fishing for his food.” I had missed that — I had just seen Kit. I had just seen my friends.
Ah, God, it is so easy to just see our family and friends. That must be why You command us to care for the stranger in our midst.