Good Surprises

A touch of goodness…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

Our lives are full of good surprises. An unexpected, sweet phone call out of the blue from a loved one. The sight of a beautiful bird on your lawn just before you leave. A lovely sunset during which you reach your cell’s camera just in time to catch the ephemeral light on the clouds and horizon. But, the biggest surprise for me was the first time a grandchild lit up my heart.

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Viral Stocking Up

The beginning last March…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

I just left my usually happy place, Trader Joe’s. The shelves looked like locusts were reading the New York Times, a paper that proposed “stocking up.” At least I got to see the brown, metal, grocery shelves empty. That was (forgive the term) novel, as were the grim expressions throughout the store. Twenty five years shopping there and I have never seen anything like it.

Death is in the air you say. This seems a more lethal virus than the everyday flu, per, no less than, Anthony Fauci, MD, THE great American virologist. Each of us didn’t exist prior to a zygote responding to a spermatozoa and many believe if one dies from Covid-19, that’s it.

Given the huge number of manuscripts of the New Testament relative to other famous documents in antiquity and the numerous witnesses to the resurrected Christ, I believe life gets better once believers die entering…

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An Experiment, Till Death Do Us Part

“Marriage is a decades-long experiment, conducted mostly in private; a test of will in the face of unexpected obstacles.” Jojo Moyes, a British novelist 

I haven’t heard that expressed before the multitude at a wedding, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea. None of us as innocents are prepared for actually any of those obstacles. The important thing, by the grace of God, is to find a life’s partner who deep in their heart wants to climb that hill with you. 

There may be at the surface unkind words and actions or inactions. But deep down, are they ready to share life’s unpredictable road with you? 

I am very fortunate with lots of prayers, we have navigated those 43 years, 8 months, two weeks, 6 days, and 6 hours together. Being with her has been worth every sacrifice and every bit of the climb.