My Father is rich in houses and lands,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in his hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, he has riches untold.....
And the hymn continues, 'I'm a Child of the King, a child of the King, With Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King...'
For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies....
How better can I describe the wonder and thankfulness I feel on the eve of another birthday. It is a good thing to give thanks, to count our blessings, to recite a litany of all we receive that we do not earn, or deserve. "We should at all times, and in all places, give thanks." And we shouldn't wait or delay, even if our only prayer is a heartfelt, 'Thank God.'
I am a child of the King, but I am also rich.... not merely comfortable and safe. I too hold the wealth of the world in my hands........whenever I lift Josh to see the cow plates on the wall or show him his toothy reflection in the mirror. My coffers are full of untold riches when I draw chalk pictures on the front porch, play catch, sing songs and dance, or take aim at the bad guys. My cup overfloweth.
We gather together in the October sunset. Having an October birthday means taking the party on the road, but pares life to its most essential elements: family, fields, food, fellowship. I take advantage of my station to eat the caramel frosting off the top of Abbie's cake which she has dropped into the bean stubble. One serving is never enough. Josh has already eaten, but his auntie sneaks him a bite. Start 'em young.
Next week I'll get spoiled by the East coast family; I know this from previous experience. The Virginia countryside will display the beauty of the earth, rain or shine. It will be a greener landscape than our dusty fields of stalks. Their home will be mine for a couple of days.
'For the love, which from our birth': the care and attention and unselfish love of our parents; the joys, cares, worries, and pride of being parents; the wonder and amazement of being grandparents; the awe we feel as we realize our Heavenly Father embodies all of these and unending compassion, patience and forgiveness. All of these are treasures of this world and the next.
'I don't feel very different these days; I know its strange. I guess I've gotten used to these little aches and pains.' Matraca Berg reminds me grandmas can wax poetic too. Our house overflows.....with Legos, with books, with photos, with music, with evidence of two souls living in partnership and harmony that is close, if not always in tune. A limp here, a snore there: badges of honor as the birthdays pile up.
Yep. Lord, all I ask for this birthday is that you continually nudge me, whisper to me, or downright yell at me when I forget to be thankful. After all You've done for me, I must do no less.