In my arms

Tiny, precious, and a miracle, my heart overflowed, my tears trickled down my cheeks, and around my smile as I embraced one of the twins.

Yesterday, our friends who had identical twins came to church for the first time.

I was surprised, but so pleased when offered to burb one of the babies.

As a cradled this small miracle man on my shoulder, trying to gently encourage a release of gas bubbles, an older woman looked up at me and said,

“There’s nothing like holding a baby.”

I agreed.

As we drove home, I just couldn’t contain my joy and privilege at being allowed to hold a tiny baby whose beginning was so many answered prayers.

But I had no idea this wasn’t the only gift God would grant me this blessed Sunday.

Anne and I were able to attend a wedding yesterday in a community I’ve never visited before.

The bride was a friend of our daughter’s and we were excited to celebrate this union of two people who love Jesus and one another.

Not long before the ceremony began, Anne grabbed my arm.

“Mom, did you see her?”

Shaking my head, I crooked my neck in an effort to see who she was talking about.e’ve known each other since in our teens.

It turned out to be a friend of mine.

We’ve known each other since our teens.

I hadn’t expected to see her, but realized I should have, as she and her three girls are good friends with the bride’s family.

I’m a bit older than she and when I had our Anne, she and her sisters visited me in the hospital.

She also made Anne the most beautiful baby quilt.

We worked together at the Academy and I was blessed to have her oldest daughter in my class my final year of teaching there.

Because of my health and our move, I’ve not seen her in about three years.

Just this year she’s been diagnosed with cancer.

Because of the other people, I had to wait for a bit to see her.

When she stepped within reach I threw my arms around her and hugged her.

I don’t know if it’s possible to communicate all emotions from one person to another through a hug, but I certainly tried.

Tears streamed down my face again.

The final gift God gave me was after the ceremony.

As I stepped close to the bride, her expression was surprised.

Then I realized, she’d not seen me since my health began improving.

Her comment was of the joy that I was able to come.

I was so blessed to wrap my arms around this beautiful young woman and tell her how glad we were for her and her husband.

In one day God placed three people in my arms and each one was a gift.

When I consider the wonderful privilege of friendship, life, and love, I’m amazed by God.

Ecclesiastes 3:5 KJV — A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Yesterday, was definitely a time to embrace!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for blessing me! My heart is still full of gratitude for all Your wonderous works. I want to remain in this place of thankfulness all my days, please help me to never stop recognizing and praising You for Your gifts. Lord Jesus, I lift up those beautiful miracle men, and I humbly request You place Your hands upon them daily, leading them in Your calling, working through their lives. Please help these boys to know You from an early age and cling to Your Word and You, Jesus. Lord, I lift up my dear friend and her daughters. I thank You for each one of them and how You are walking them through this extreme season of difficulty. Lord, please touch each one, giving them grace and strength to follow You throughout. Finally, Lord, I lift up this couple who committed themselves to You and each other, before so many, yesterday. Please give them all they require, supply their needs and help them to find joy in this new family You created by bringing them together. Thank You for marriage and the blessings You grant within it. Lord, thank You so much for all these precious people. Thank You for Your blessings and Your gifts. I love You, Jesus. Thank You so first loving me. Amen.

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