"Back in the day" when I would write an actual paper newsletter (ha! that betrays my age right there!) it was my tradition to include a poem about the passage of time and how important it is to treasure the little moments......ok, so nothing has changed but the format, right? But the timing was always coincidental with my son's birthday. Could it really be that very same Mini 3 student, now 37 years old!, has THREE children of his own, two of whom were also Mini 3's!! His birthday, and the birthdays of ALL OUR BELOVED CHILDREN is such a bittersweet celebration.
Many of you have heard my response when your child turns 5.....I'm sorry! I'm just sorry that the time is going so quickly. My own words echo in my head on this Sunday, January 13..... 'cuz I'm sorry he's already 37!!!
Watch for this little section again next year......but .until then....
Have a joyful weekend...enjoy and take to heart the following....
I TOOK HIS HAND AND FOLLOWED
My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.
Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I,
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky.
We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood;
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.
We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill,
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.
That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.
But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.
Weekly Prayer.....Thank you for the blessing of children in our lives. Those we call our own and those we "share" with others through our ministry. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.