As the unexpected complexities of these days sometimes leave me in a daze
As I listen to the stories of lives so young, so old, in overwhelming isolation
As I think of not being able to hold a loved one’s hand or let my eyes rest on the final beat of that heart
I realize the gift of understanding life’s brevity
Each moment matters…Each day precious…Each memory of love…
I imagine we had an easier time of knowing joy when we were young
But maybe not
I was taught when it came to faith
Jesus said to remain childlike*
But I was too young to understand
Now I am older
So I ask for wisdom
And it came from a South African palliative care doctor, Dr. McAlpine, as I was reading and praying this morning. His terminally ill patients are children
When he interviewed them on the meaning of life what do you suppose they said gave them the most joy?
If you thought of holding your pet, you are correct
If you thought of memories at the beach, you are also correct
If you thought of reading and being told stories, oh yes, this too made the top of the list
If you thought of playing with toys, which I equate with being creative, and we are all created to create, then yes. You are right again, this also was on their list
And if there is one more childlike thing that brings great joy, what do you think it is?
When I read the answer I felt such a rush of emotion I could hardly contain it. Because my memory was twice blessed: Old Dog and me sharing ice cream. The last of the children’s short list is ice cream
These are the days to treasure childlike moments, to hold dear a childlike faith
Because we are the ordinary illuminated by Grace like starlight encircling us
**Article regarding Dr. McAlpine from “Determined” by Heather M. Dixon
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They certainly are Debs; thank you❣️
Thank you G. ❤️
Thanks for this post.
“We are the ordinary illuminated by Grace.” Such an extraordinary reality! Just the act of contemplating God’s glory sets in motion His power to transform us into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18). And as as we grow blameless and pure, we shine like stars (Philippians 2:14-16a). Childlike faith does indeed usher us into the grace of God and such realities! Thank you, Deb.