Why would I start with this picture now 25 years old? The words of ST Paul in the 1st letter to the Corinthians grabbed this old farm wife with a shot of Wow!.... "You are God's field, God's building." I Corinthians 3:9 Here are my 5 children all lined up in order of age, as though they were corn out in the field - in the 9 years between Ruth and John I had a miscarriage between Ruth and Nancy and two between Susan and John - one being a set of twins! I had just lost 2 boys that I carried for 5 months each and are buried at the cemetery after John, and then another loss at almost 4 months! My 12 children didn't work out according to plan - God's field on earth is 5 lights for the world and then 7 in heaven praying for us and allowing us to keep our eyes focused on heaven above all else!
I could go on and on about how these 5 have truly become God's field bearing much fruit and sharing much light, but it is shared on these pages so I will resist today. The story continues to evolve and change and grow, but that is what happens in a field here on the farm, too! It never stays stagnant, but always grows and matures and yields a hundred fold!
St Paul speaks of how he is merely the one who plants and waters, but God causes the growth! I am so fed by the Word each day on this journey called Faith/Family/Farm. It is Christ alive and well and His Holy Spirit directing me to share His LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE which is given us through the Cross!
The Gospel has now moved to St Luke, and Jesus is actively healing and praying in a deserted place and trying to go forward down the path, but we want to hold him... We do not progress in our spiritual life if we hold it inside - we must share and give what we have received to those around us... most especially those in our domestic Church/family.
I just realized that it was my parents 67th anniversary yesterday! Pat and I celebrating our 38th and all that has happened since... 67 is forever! They have seen so much happen and change and grow with many ups and downs, yet they have each other still and that is amazing! I am so blessed to have them both still together and making their way, a bit more slowly perhaps, but still doing quite well. Thank you, Jesus, and hold them close to your heart burning with love for them! Mom and Dad, I love you and wish you a wonderful 68th year ahead.
Jesus, I am overwhelmed to be in God's field and the way I am cared for and nurtured and given all I need to grow and bear much fruit! I am filled with your Truth - blessed by The Word that comes to me each day in The Church. May I represent you knocking on the door of all those I encounter - most especially those in my domestic Church/family. I yearn to follow you carrying/dragging my Most Cherished Cross and come to dwell with you forever in heaven. I am weak and lowly and need you my Jesus. May I find that deserted place to fall on my knees and give my all to you... dying to self so that you may live and work through me. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
From Maria's blog today - sunburned family at Josie's Baptism. I think they are heading over to KC this weekend for some super family time with both Ruth and Nancy and families! That would be 19 in total! Wow!