Today I had John 21:18 read to me in church.
18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18; NIV, 1984)
I had just had breakfast with my son and his children and I had 5-year-old Luke sitting on my lap. He was busy coloring as I held him and as he colored I said to him, “You know Luke one day you will be bigger than Mamie and maybe you will be holding me instead of me holding you. One day I will be very old and may need your help and you will be the one holding me.” He shook his head and said, “No, that would never happen.” I said to him, “One day when you are much taller and stronger than I, perhaps you will remember what I am saying to you now.” He smiled.
When you are 5 years old you do not have much say about where you will go or whom you will be with. It occurred to me with the reading of the Scripture that that time may come again for me in adulthood. No one knows, but one day I may be incapable of making my own decisions or doing the simplest things for myself. I may have to rely on others or be forced to do what another wants even though I am able-bodied. Such was Jesus’ prophesy to Peter in this Scripture.
So this Monday I am thankful for
#837 bloggers who share simple crafts to do with children. This week I used 2 sites for crafts when my grandchildren visited. One was for baked dough Christmas ornaments which we made. The other was for foil art pictures. We never got to them, but I’m ready!
#838 kind clerks in stores who are truly helpful. You are worth your weight in gold to a harried grandmother!
#839 restoration of that which the locusts have eaten.
#840 people who share their stories in movies, on blogs, in books, through magazines, etc. I’m thinking especially this week of Kisses from Katie and Fully Alive.#841 people who follow God no matter how difficult that following becomes.
#842 widows who faithfully rebuild their lives alone after losing the one with whom they have built their lives up to this point. They are shining lights to me.
#843 Mitt Romney’s great debate with the president this past week. He was firm but gracious, engaged but not overbearing.
Giving thanks once again with the Multitudes on Monday community over at Ann’s,