Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day

The weekend is behind us. Here in NC. our lakes were populated with boats. Many had cook-outs. Some spent time at the pool or worked in their yards. As I walked around my neighborhood, I smiled when I saw flags flying. I am glad that I am an American! On Sunday, hopefully, churches recognized those who served or are serving in the military. Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember, though many of us forget.

Remembering is a Biblical concept. The Israelites set stones of remembrance at Gilgal to remind them of God’s faithfulness. The Psalms remind us to tell our children what God has done for us and to pass it on to their children and grandchildren. Life stories and experiences are recorded in scripture for a purpose. Not all stories have happy endings, but in all of them we learn and we grow. God wastes nothing.Every experience we have not only helps us, but can be of value to others.

Have you repeated any stories to your children and grandchildren lately? How are you remembering?

Planning to share and remember,

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Dad's Influence Helps Us Age Well. Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Magical sixties! Who would have thought that being sixty-something would bring a sense of self being more fully restored...and greater fullfillment of peace of heart and mind? It feels almost simple, at least today!
To me, reaching my sixties has a realization of greater self-acceptance, appeciation for lessons learned, excitement about lists of things I want to do, and ability to magnify the blessings while diminishing the disappointments and tough times.
These are particularly fresh emotions for me this week, due to sorting through some racing things of my Dad's for a "Pedal to the Metal" display in Portland, OR. I want to state it publicly with Father's Day approaching. http://www.ohs.org. I was 23 when my dad was killed in practice at Indianapolis 500. I saw it on TV before I could be contacted. Today I want to focus on the blessing of having a dad who loved me unconditionally. He was loving, respectful, and gave time to me. I realize the blessing of having a dad who always made me feel special and loved. I don't take it for granted, because I know it is at the core of the feelings I have about myself in my sixties. Thank you, Dad. I love and miss you!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day will be celebrated this Sunday. The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a day to honor mothers. Eventually President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday. Once a holiday, it took off and become so commercialized, that Anna Jarvis called it a “Hallmark Holiday” and regretted what she had established. She actually devoted much of her life to opposing the commercialization of what it had become. According to my research, she was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother's Day! She said that she "wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control!" One hundred years later, Mother’s Day remains one of the biggest days for gifts, flowers, cards, dinners out and long distance phone calls.

Some of us still have our mothers with us and some of us boomers do not. Judy is blessed to have hers, but I am not. Yet, I don’t need a holiday to remember my mother. Her presence is with me every day—from thoughts about a recipe to her gentle spirit, hard work and praying for me. Mom, “I thank my God every time I remember you…” Philippians 1:6

What about you? Any reflections on your mother? What has she poured into your life?

Happy Mother’s Day,