…for the heart…that aches…
…and from the heart…that sometimes has no words to pray.
These are for you…
Blessings of answered prayers…Lynn
New Year’s thoughts popped into my head, but you’ll never guess where they came from! Here’s what happened…
The Empty Cup and Coffee Part
I stare down at the coffee cup. As I lean over it, I can smell the aroma of coffee…it’s coming from the coffee pot just inches away. I can even taste it before it touches my tongue. My palate knows that familiar hazelnut flavor.
I pour some half and half in the empty cup and fill it with coffee to the brim. I add a little sugar to sweeten it. My thoughts spill over into the cup as well…
Lord, may I be an empty cup this year. Emptied of selfishness, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, whatever sin crowds my heart, leaving no room for You. May I be ready to receive the infilling of Your presence, Your love, joy, peace, and all the rest, for without it, I cannot overflow.
The Thumbprint Cookie Part
As I stand and stare at the filled cup, I hear a faint sound. Something is calling my name.
It’s coming from the end of the kitchen counter. I move down.
There it is again! It’s coming from…sure enough…the cookie tin!
I open the tin and, lo and behold, a thumbprint cookie is calling me. Well, you just can’t let a thumbprint cookie call your name and not respond. So I did…respond. He and one of his friends no longer live in the cookie tin. They went so well with the coffee!
As I was making the cookies this year, the dough didn’t turn out right. It was all crumbly. It wouldn’t even squeeze together to roll into balls. So, I stuck it in the refrigerator while I made macaroons with almonds and dried cranberries. Yum!
Afterward, I got the dough out of the refrigerator and tried again. Worse. So, I decided to add a little bit of half and half. Ahhh! Now, I could make them into what they were meant to be.
I finished rolling them into balls, dipping them in the egg white and pecans, and pressed in the obligatory indentation, the necessary well for filling with red currant jelly.
My thoughts overflowed again…
The Lord calls us, but if we do not respond, He sometimes sticks us in a situation for a while to transform us. And if that doesn’t work, He adds a little more cream of life, a little more love, to make us malleable and respond to His touch.
Lord, add to my life all that is necessary to make me malleable, that I may be transformed into what You desire me to be and filled with Your presence.
And the Movie Part
I so love Christmas movies, don’t you? I know one of most everyone’s favorites is It’s a Wonderful Life. I always love the part where the Martinis move into their new home and all their friends and family gather outside the front door.
George and Mary Bailey stand on the front porch to welcome the Martinis. Mary holds out a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini and says, “Bread: that this house may never know hunger.” Next, she holds out a box of salt and says, “Salt: that life may always have flavor.”
George then hands a bottle of wine to Mr. Martini and says, “And wine: that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
My thoughts go at it again…
Lord, as the salt of life, I will weaken and not be the flavoring I am supposed to be if I do not partake of You as the Bread of Life and the Wine of the Spirit. Be my joy and prosperity forever.
So there you have it. My thoughts and prayers for the New Year…from the strangest places!
My prayer for each of you: I pray each one of you will be an emptied cup, ready to be filled to overflowing with the love and peace of the Lord’s presence. And if you find yourself stuck in some situation, may your heart be malleable and respond to His call, and may your life be made into all it was meant to be.
I pray your home be blessed with the Bread, that you may be fed and Life may go on; with salt, that you may be the flavoring in the lives of others; and with the Wine of the Spirit, that your life may be filled with joy and prosperity throughout the New Year.
When Son #1 (47 in September) turned sixteen, he naturally got his driver’s license.
However, it’s this same kid who, while practicing to drive and learning to backup in our driveway, also watched in the rearview mirror to backup and almost ran the car through the front door.
He did manage to stop…after he hit the front porch post and knocked it sideways!
Expecting the worst, he hid behind me when Father came home and…well…all was okay. Because the post was just pushed askew and easily fixed and all was forgiven. Son breathed a huge sigh of relief and promised to not use the rearview mirror to navigate backwards.
Then came the first time he got to drive the car by himself and go see his friends. Whew! Now, that’s a biggy! For both teenager and parents.
At that time, the front door had sidelights. As Son set out on his own for the first time, Hubs and I stood watching, each at a sidelight. Staring into the face of a new horizon, we held our breath and waited for our hearts to stop fibrillating. And we prayed for safety as Son #1 steered the car out of the driveway. He drove off not only into a new experience of life but also into the brink of maturity.
We continued to wave…and pray…through all the daily departures and special moments of his life.
And that’s when the tradition started: waving goodbye at the front door. Whoever left our home got a wave…and usually a prayer…from the front door. (Well, except for the unsolicited salesmen.) Though not all have noticed us standing there waving.
Even after moving to a new home, we continued to wave to Son #1 and then to Son #2, as that brink of maturity came for him. We waved…and prayed…through all his daily departures and special moments of life.
Then came the time to wave at Daughter as she entered her brink of maturity. So, we continued to wave…and pray…through all her daily departures and special moments of life as well.
Waving goodbye at the front door has now been a tradition for 31 years. Though for the last 14 years, most waves and prayers have been for Hubs. But right now, the frequency of waving has stepped up its pace as our daughter and (my favorite) son-in-law recently moved back to town and are living with us while they search for a house. Which they just bought. It’s that one house that spoke home to them.
They will move out of our home and into their new home in about a month or as soon as the bank closes the deal. And the house is just a couple streets over from us in our neighborhood. Yay! Happy Momma and Dad!
So, can we dig out anything for a spiritual takeaway? Yup. We can…
*For one thing, we cannot use a rearview mirror to look backwards. It never works. Always causes a collision.
*We wave goodbye to many things during our time on earth, like childhood and teen years, friends and other relationships, school and work, loved ones as they move on from this world, but we move on.
*Isn’t waving goodbye also waving hello? Hello, new maturity! Hello, new experiences! Hello, new beginnings! Hello, new prayers! And even, hello new home!
*Unfortunately, not everyone recognizes the purpose of waving.
Standing at the entrance to heaven, my future new home, I’ll still be waving: waving goodbye to those I love and leave behind and waving hello to those I love and have missed for years. And waving hello to my new home!
What do you wave goodbye and hello to?