Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Day Reflections on Parenting

We didn't go to church today;
we were the church, instead.
We loved one another,
encouraged one another,
were patient and kind with one another,
spurred one another on to love and good deeds.

We sang.
Me, my old favorite,
Keith Green's classic Easter Song
sung by The Second Chapter of Acts
(my favorite version)
Followed by Lisa Wickham's
amazing No Greater Love
which I used to have on cassette tape,
but can't find to share anywhere on the internet.
Then onto puttering about the house
and my customized Wailin' Jenny's radio on Pandora,
which I love and listen to always when I putter about.
The boy puttered too in his room
first to rap or whatever that stuff is,
but then to Simon and Garfunkel,
which made my day.

At breakfast I fished his mind a bit
about the resurrection and all;
he gets it, knows it, believes it
deep breath, thanks be to God.
Then I mentioned coming nearer to the end of
my in-home parenting days with him
so I asked him how I've done
On a scale of one to ten
and he said ten without hesitation.
I said wow, really?
He said yep.
I said why. He said the nutrition, mostly.
Meaning hardly any sugar when they were small,
no french fries then either.
Funny the things they remember
and forget.

Today my girl returns from New York City
with her theater class.
She took it like a champ
and I realized also that one of my goals
for my kids was that they would be travelers
see NYC and DC.
And, amazingly, they have seen both.
Experienced both and also traveled
alone and with me;
Sometimes dreams really do come true

This parenting thing is simply not to be missed.
And I'm so thankful that
above all else
what I have been able to offer these two kids of mine
is hope
They have seen it in me
day after difficult
joyful day
They know it is real;
He is real,
Love is
and that Love cares deeply for each of us
What else could I ask?

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