Pat and I both smile at the wonderful changes and how happy Ruth and family seems to be living on the farm, and how they seem to love The Life of being farmers and farmkids, and how much more sense it makes to have them there other than this old lady. Ruth's vision for this open view of all that goes on and family sharing of it all... is more and more wise and wonderful!
We recalled how we had a song we would sing after sharing family prayer and climbing those same stairs when she was a kid..."We're on the upward trail." It was a song I learned at family camp in Michigan - a Protestant camp my family would attend over the years. About how we are plodding along up the narrow path - weak and sinful and struggling with all that holds us back and comes between us and our God... as they say one step back for every two steps forward. The dance of LIFE!
One thing that struck me last night over there was how much I enjoyed this evening... stepping back in time. Cleaning up the dishes while Pat had the kids outside. I had Simon doing homework in the office and Luke quietly watching a show. Then baths, prayers and bedtime. Pat said that they all were very willing to climb into their new beds, and with the central hall he could say prayers with all of them - sharing their intentions.
Realizing in a real and personal way that our daughter has been given the LIFE she had growing up, and that she wanted that life, and has a vision and passion for the life on the farm... which is definitely a way of life and not just a job... as Pat and Paul were discussing last night - there is no end to the work but they love to do it!
Much in the Gospel today to remind us that we are called by our Lord, yet we are to always be humble and look to him - knowing that he is I AM! How Jesus is in control and how amazing is it when we see evidence of that in our lives and that of others!
How amazing is this? I came across this wonderful story of divine providence this morning... In sharing with a friend we mentioned how this world would be so different and better if all those lives lost to abortion were here to make a difference in this world! Pondering this... I recalled that I feel the presence of the 7 I have lost in their concern and prayers for me and our family!
If my losses are with me spiritually - why wouldn't the millions of tiny lights lost through abortion also we a force of prayer, unconditional love and forgiveness and concern for their mother's, father's siblings and the world? Wow! That brings into the LIGHT such a sad and horrible sin which is embraced as a choice in our society! Yes, there would be a whole new world with all of them allowed to have life and touch the world. Yet, safely in heaven with our Lord, the great I AM, they can still make a difference in this world of sin and death and darkness and hopefully in the confused and suffering hearts of their parents! It is a mystery, but we can join our prayers to theirs in hope!
How amazing is it to be taken deeper in my faith journey by my kids on a regular basis! It happens all the time to me, and is all a mother could ever hope for or ask for! Nancy shared today this post that made me smile... she knows how to lay it all out there!
A picture from Maria's blog - the kids out enjoying a beautiful day/nature walk in the neighborhood in Missouri. Yes, Maria was not called to be a nun... she is now expecting #5! But I know this... each of her kids will discern a vocation, and chances of her having nuns or priests or brothers are very good... I would say!
That would eliminate a lot!
I do see this in John and others, and we who have closely shared in this journey!
http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/21/this-doctor-saved-unborn-babies-from-abortion-after-its-started-wait-til-you-see-how/.... such good info about how simple progesterone can reverse the abortion pill!!!!
So wise and True!
Sometimes hard to do, but so true!