– Monday Muse –
Dear One, the scene which plays out in the following paragraphs, took place when the granddaughter referred to was under two years of age. She is now sixteen…sweet sixteen.
“Susanne,” my husband, Ron, says, “if you keep doing things like this breakfast, you will never have time for the other things you want to do.”
Midweek, once a week, if possible, our daughter-in-law and little granddaughter come over for breakfast. And because my husband knows what other things I have going he questions the use of my time. For I have many things I want to accomplish before I die. No, I’m not ill, but even a long life is far too short.
I make no reply. We have had this conversation before. Ron has my answer in his memory bank. It reads, “What is more important to God than relationship…with Him…and with others?”
I have yet to find anything, and I have been considering this for years. So I continue cooking, and just after 8:00 AM we sit down…the four of us. The conversation is light, uplifting and seems to draw us just a bit closer. Long after our plates sit empty, and topics from home-life to the depth of outer space have been explored, coats and totes are collected. As young mother and child walk out the door, they take with them, it seems, the assurance of being treasured.
In the sudden quiet, my husband smiles, and shakes his head. It is his way of admitting that what just took place was well worth the effort, the overflow of blessings left behind are obvious. While we clean up the dishes, we store away memories that only the gift of time can provide. At this moment, Ron realizes the importance of relationship, but he will soon forget. I have that in my memory bank.
“To everything there is a season, a time for
every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
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