I was already in bed tonight cuddling with my girls but then I couldn’t sleep because all I could think about was the unexpected blessings of today.
Today, we went to a Fathers Day picnic at my brothers home in the country.
Along with my parents, most of my siblings and their spouses and some of our children and their children were there.
It was an especially good day.
Not because it was a warm sunny day after all the dark gloomy rainy days we’ve had.
Not because it was Fathers Day.
Not because we got our little’s back from their week of vacation.
Not because of all the delicious food.
It was extra special because something was different. There was more peace present today then there has been in a long time.
I’m not sure what has caused this. I know I’m not the only one that felt it.
I suspect it is grace and the melting away of bitterness, anger and hurt.
My family of origin have been through many trials and tribulations. If you had known us way back, you would know we have all come a long ways.
I was never my daddy’s little girl. I mostly tried to stay out of his way.
Things haven’t always been easy with my dad for any of us kids. Love and forgiveness with him has been a journey that has seen it’s high’s and it’s low’s.
That journey took a path down a low road in the past couple of years and it made getting together tense and difficult.
The cry of my heart has been for peace to come to my family. I have prayed for grace to win over the bitterness, anger and hurt feelings.
I see grace as the thread that will keep our family together and will keep history from repeating itself.
As I watched my nieces and their husbands with their little ones and my daughter with her son, I seen the chains that have been broken because of grace and my heart rejoiced.
I watched my sisters and their husbands and my brother and his wife and I couldn’t help but smile at all they have come to be.
I watched my husband and rejoiced that I have a husband that fits in so well and how he loves my family.
When I watched my mom, who glowed in the glory of her loved ones surrounding her, I seen how happy she was in the peacefulness that surrounded our gathering. My mother heart rejoiced for her because it understands.
I watched my dad and somehow I knew that even though he will most likely never say it, that he knows that having all of us there surrounding him is a blessing.
As I listened to all the noise, chatter and laughter it was music to my ears.
Yes, love shined down on us this day.
The things is, I don’t always get home for things like this, but something told me I needed to go see my dad for Fathers Day today. I am sure glad I did.
I am thankful I didn’t miss out on the gift of this day.
Now that it is just after midnight I suppose I should try to sleep. :)
Until next time, love and hugs, Lori