Today I heard that Oprah Winfrey was the Commencement speaker at one of the city’s local colleges. Then, I heard more of the story. Oprah founded a girls school in South Africa, which she promised to do after meeting with Nelson Mandela. Upon graduation, the girls are accepted into countless colleges throughout the world. One of the girls attended the college here in my city and graduated today. In her opening remarks, Oprah said she was there for the girl, but also for everyone else. She even gave each graduate a copy of her new book, “YOU get a book, and YOU get a book, etc.” I was moved by her generosity and commitment to the girls in Africa.
I Found God today in extreme generosity,
Today my parents and I went to the graduation party for my nephew’s girlfriend as she received her college degree in photography. When we arrived at her parents’ home, we noticed one of her photos hanging on the wall. The beautiful picture of a person sitting by the baths in London was printed on canvas in a shadow box frame. It was stunning. She has quite an eye and is very talented as was shown in her portfolio. My sisters and brother in law were there too, so we all got to meet much of her family. As she and my nephew plan their future together, it was great to know the love and support that come from those around them. It was a long day and a long drive for my parents, but we were all glad that we were able to spend this time with them.
I Found God today celebrating my nephew’s girlfriend.
When my dad had his last PET scan done, they found a small lesion in the back of his head in the fluid between the brain and the skull. His doctor ordered an MRI to take another look which he had done last week. The other day we had an appointment with the doctor to get the results. She said she shared the images with the neurology doctors who agreed the tumor was very small and was nothing to worry about. She told my dad what to watch for and plans on following up a couple times a year. My dad asked what he should do in the mean time. She said, “Have fun and enjoy your life!” This good news was a wonderful way to wrap up our season of celebrating and we are so grateful for answered prayers.
I Found God today with more good news from doctors.
When I got home from the chocolate festival on Saturday, my brother from out of state had arrived for a visit. On Mother’s Day, my mom and I were surrounded by men – my dad, both my brothers, and my son. It was a different dynamic from the usual and we had fun as we visited and ate and laughed and played games. On Monday, my brothers, parents, and I visited a national park that is not too far away. There are paved paths, so my mom brought her walker. She was quite a trooper as she rolled up and down the hills. The weather was perfect to enjoy the picnic lunch we brought. My brother also helped my dad go through some of the things he has stored away. He packed up some of the things to take with him and helped my dad decide what to do with others. My brother left this evening to visit my sisters and get a closer start to his drive home. It was wonderful to have him around for a couple of days.
I Found God today enjoying the presence of my brother.
My sister makes an amazing toffee and has attended a couple of chocolate festivals to sell her wares. I have come up with a couple of ways to use the small bits of toffee that are left after breaking it apart for packaging. For the better part of last week, I made truffles and cookies for her to sell along with the toffee at an upcoming event. My parents were so supportive and understanding as I was in my cooking flurry. Then, I attended the chocolate festival on Friday evening and all day Saturday while my other sister stayed with my parents. The event was a whirlwind of activity and my sister and I worked non-stop selling samples and products. We were super happy that my son came for the better part of Saturday to help us out. Plus, he brought another level of energy to the table. When all was said and done, all the products were completely sold out. People loved them. It was an exhausting, yet energizing weekend and I was happy it was such a success.
I Found God today in a successful and energizing event.
Today my dad had another test at the hospital. There was a lot of waiting involved and he was getting pretty anxious and irritated. When we finally got to the area to prepare for the test, his blood pressure was through the roof. The nurse was super nice and patient. She really helped my dad to relax and bring his blood pressure down. She was attentive, calm, and kind while getting things taken care of at the same time. Even though there was still waiting involved, the test went fine. Just before we left, we thanked the nurse for all she did. Then I realized it was nurse appreciation week. We certainly appreciated the one who helped my dad.
I Found God today appreciating a wonderful nurse.
Tonight in my Bible class, we read through the books of Maccabees. It was an amazing, yet disturbing account of the oppression and martyrdom of the Jewish people. Those who failed to obey the laws of the land and chose God’s laws instead were tortured and died horrible deaths. Probably the most famous story out of this book is that of the woman with 7 sons. From the oldest to the youngest, the boys courageously refused to renounce God. The mother encouraged each of her son’s to be strong and reminded them that though they may lose their bodily life, their spirit would live on and they would be together again. Quite an act of bravery on her part as she watched the heinous torture and death of her children before it was her turn to endure the same fate. I thought about the current condition of our world now. People all over the globe are persecuted and/or killed for practicing their faith. I am in awe of those who stand strong in the face of those who would take their lives. And there are those who are killed simply by being in a place of worship. And yet, these accounts give me a stronger resolve and hope that I am able to stand firm against those things that would pull me away from God.
I Found God today in courageous martyrs.