Day 42: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

“28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

As Pastor Alan was preaching the sermon from this scripture several Sundays ago, I remembered the Sundays we spent as a family at Mother and Daddy’s when my children and my siblings’ children were young. We attended the worship service at Topsey Methodist Church every Sunday, then went to the ranch for lunch.

After lunch was finished and all the dishes were done, the kids went outside. They had 100 acres to roam and be free. There wasn’t a katydid or squirrel safe within that 100 acres. They took their BB guns and shot at anything that moved. We, as their parents, didn’t have to worry about traffic, strangers, or their getting into trouble. Inside the house, the adults played cards and dominoes or sat around watching whatever sport was on television at the time. When the time came for us to go home, no one was ready. My parents were sad to see us go as well, but they knew we would be back next Sunday.

Pastor Alan said, “Time is a gift.” He was absolutely right. We spent time cooking
together, being together, and connecting with family. It was a centering time for all of us, both individually and with family. God granted us those years together to just relax and enjoy being together. That created a closeness in us that is still with the few of us who are left. That time, those years were such a precious gift.

Dear Lord, Thank You for the time You give us to be together as a family and celebrate just being with one another. We need to center ourselves by just being quiet and giving ourselves a moment to find and be with You. In Your name, Amen.

Contributed by Phyllis Wheeler