I’m remembering a special birthday party our daughter Kim and I put on for her dad and my wonderful husband Ned. Old friends stopped by, ate, swapped stories, laughed and just enjoyed each other. Some girlfriends and I hammed it up and took a picture like we were a dancing line, never mind that if we did dance too long at our age we would probably be in bed the next day with back pain.
But isn’t it fun to just get together with friends, young and old, and laugh and love on each other? I think we forget to laugh nowadays. If we are not working we are rushing hither and thither with our kids or grandkids, getting them to their next organized activity. Sometimes I despise that word organized. Is anyone happy out there? Sure the world is in chaos, the economy is getting tighter and tighter and it seems like all the politicians in the world are screaming and yelling. Ned and I limit ourselves to one hour of news at night or else I think I will go batty with worry.
Think of the last time you sat on a porch with a glass of lemonade…ok maybe it’s too hot to do that in Tucson now but what about an early morning walk? Or sitting outside at sunset with God for even just a few minutes loving Him and His creation? Think back to how cruel the Roman occupation was in Jesus time, yet He managed to go to a wedding in Cana and turn water into wine and I bet He danced and danced…have you ever heard of a Jewish person that doesn’t like to dance? I guess I am just asking us to take time to laugh and kick back and spend time with friends. Proverbs 17:17 says “A friend loves at all times,” and Proverbs 18:24 says, “But there is a friend who ticks closer than a brother.”
Enter into His joy…call some friends and tell them you care; ask their forgiveness if you have hurt them, call them anyway even if they have hurt you; have lunch together, even if it’s a small bowl of soup…invite them to come over and just “be”…take a risk and reach out and make a new friend. The memories you share will give you a taste of God’s love..savor it, enjoy it..do it now! Love, kathy