via Daily Prompt: Tardy
When my daughter and I walked through the doors of the gymnasium, the kids were warming up, practicing their serves and laughing. We were ten minutes early for volleyball clinic. Parents and their children kept trickling in after the designated start time of 6pm. I was happy to be early. There were plenty of seats to choose from which was much better than arriving even ten minutes late and having to sit on the hard floor. I don’t have much of a butt anymore with my diet change and training for a half marathon. It’s kind of strange for someone who’s never been lacking in that department.
As I was watching the girls do sprints and run around the gym, my eyes scanned the room. Where was my neighbor friend Gina? She bailed on me. When she shows up tardy for volleyball practice, I’ll have to ask her if she got caught up talking to The Pickle Guy at the grocery store. That guy was unusually passionate about selling pickles. Don’t get me wrong… We enjoy pickles with our chips and sandwiches but he liked them so much he talked abt them everyday, all day for a living. It kind of makes me wonder if he secretly despises them at this point. Or if he’s sick of being referred to as “The Pickle Guy” like I am when people call me “The Signing Lady”.
via Daily Prompt: Shock
The look that spreads across your face when a person answers their video phone in their tighty whities..
The feeling you get when you pick up the remote control, deciding to learn how to use your video phone, accidentally connecting to a Sign Language Interpreter that could have been one of your colleagues… and you’re wearing the smallest towel you own..
The moment you remember you had chicken sausage cooking on the stove and now they look like little poops in a skillet..
Or the time you took your daughter to the diner when she was 2 and she dumped an entire bottle of syrup on her pancakes in the 2 seconds you turned to talk to your friend..
It’s the moment you get the news that you got the job you’ve been vying for..
And the second you find out your daughter shares the same shoe size as you..
The night the mammographer tells you that your mammo & breast ultrasound are normal and they don’t need to see you back for a year..
And the morning you wake up to the smell of coffee and breakfast that you didn’t make yourself after how many years??
Oh, the many ways shock comes into our lives, disguising itself as something new.
My prayer for us is taken from Ephesians 3: 15-21.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that you & I, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” And, Lord, I also pray specifically for people, who like myself right now, feel overcome by loneliness. It’s getting dark, my daughter is enjoying time to herself in her room. It’s just me & my computer. I pray for all single parents and single people out there who spend a lot of time thinking of ways to fill in the empty spaces. I pray that you will put it on the hearts of their church friends to reach out and spend time with them. I pray that more people will realize how important it is to live this life together so that none of us become convinced that we are walking this faith walk alone. In lonely times, I pray that you will grow our ability to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for us and that we are truly loved by our sisters and brothers in Christ. I pray that though we may be out of sight, we are not out of mind. May this be an amazing year of growth for us all as our faith grows stronger and as we grow in ways to show love & support to one another. I also pray, Lord, that you will continue to show me ways I can demonstrate your love. Amen.