No, I want to be there at the table with my kids. The messes will come, the terrible meals will not end, but I will be there, eating, talking and being with them." Nancy
Today Nancy posted a sharing about making a Mary garden with her kids in pots! http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2016/04/a-childs-mary-garden-with-free-printable-statues.html It is so fun to see how she adapts her farm/faith/family life into her new life as a mother of small kids in the City/suburbs. Love it! And so love that she and her kids are looking to Mary as a dear dear Mother caring for them and showing the world the sacredness of LIFE and being open to LIFE and saying "yes" to LIFE! Mary is all that and how I love her for it!
Much is going through my mind and heart these days as we read about the struggles of the early believers in Acts as well as Jesus speaking in John 6 about how we are to always be ready and come to him if we are to be ready when he comes for us! For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day. John 6:40
I don't know about you, but there is a whole lot of talk on both sides of our family about the end of the world. I hear of those considering survivalism... in being prepared for a huge challenging time such as - all electricity knocked out and the US paralyzed and thrown back into the pioneer days. There is talk of some of this coming from Ralph Martin, and I have read his booklet... and have others to give away - The Final Confrontation. What Pat and I have taken away from this booklet is that we need to be prepared and come to Jesus each moment of each day, but our lives are too busy to spend time trying to figure out when and if the end times are here! Jesus tells us himself that we know not the time nor the place, but we need to be prepared - not with stockpiled food and water, but with our lives turned to Jesus and loving and following The Church without reservations!
Jesus, I want to always be ready for your coming! I long to be forever with you in Heaven, and nothing else can compare to that desire and heartfelt longing I have to be with you. How I love you with all that I have within me. May I recall that love and mercy and unconditional forgiveness you have showered upon me, and give that in return to all those around me most especially those the closest to me in my domestic Church/family. May I help those that don't know you realize that you are there with your nailscarred hands reaching out for them if they will only come to you with humble hearts and souls - asking for your forgiveness. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah