Everyone home for Thanksgiving and celebrating life together with Christmas around the corner.
Desperate, Chapter 7, Sacrifice in the mundane–on selfishness!
“Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15: 13
“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
John 13: 13-15
Everyone was expected home any time. Seven of us at every meal plus the 4-10 others of the kids’ friends who would just drop in and want something “wondy” to eat, after all, they said, “This is our holiday–our time off!”
Funny how mamas don’t get time off on holidays! But, putting one foot in front of the other, willing my tired self, was familiar and a habit that had served me well. (I had company over the weekend, a dinner for 10 women, and written to a deadline until midnight the night before everyone was due home–not to mention all the cooking and baking.) The joy set before me–my beloveds, my dearest friends, my children, were all here to celebrate in the love we had created over the years–and this gave me the impetus to keep going a little longer, but with a light and expectant heart.
Finally the hustle and bustle of everyone arriving home. Eating, movie, desert, dishes, messes, staying up late and talking, followed by the Thanksgiving meal, 17 in the house, cooking and cleaning up again, and finally I fell into bed almost asleep before I hit the pillow at midnight, after having cleaned up the messes again.
Two hours later, I felt a tapping, tapping, tapping on my arm. “Mama, wake up. Please wake up.” Read the Rest at I Take Joy