This morning in church, a couple sat in front of us with a baby and a little boy about 3 years old. At the beginning of Mass, the woman identified herself as the grandmother. She seemed in charge of the little boy while the man held and rocked the baby. The child was very interested in everything about church. The woman patiently answered his questions and showed him where Jesus was in the artwork and on the large crucifix. When it came time to respond, the little boy did the same best he could, even holding his hands the way his grandmother was. At one point he answered with a loud, “Amen!” He was too cute to watch.
I Found God today in an enthusiastic child.
The other day, my mom and dad spent quite some time getting my mom’s old sewing machine back up and running. My mother used to be quite the seamstress. She made all of our clothes when we were kids and made her’s as well. She even took new classes when they were available. The old machine worked for a bit, but then there was a problem with the needle. They had enough, so set the project aside for the time being. My mom got back at it today. She changed the needle and got it working again. This time, she was struggling trying to get the bobbin in place. She told me that using the machine was so automatic at one time. Now she had to think about what to do. My dad went in to see if he could help her out. She was explaining to him how she used to just hold it here and push like this – – the bobbin popped right in. I think some of the automatic kicked in.
I Found God today as my mom worked her old sewing machine.
Today was my mom’s 87th birthday. She and my dad laughed about how she “made it too” referring to my dad’s comment on his birthday. To celebrate, I started by making her favorite breakfast – which I actually do every morning, so it wasn’t really that special. In the afternoon, we went to the movie, “Dumbo”. She remembered seeing the original so many years ago and joked that she never thought she would be seeing that movie on her 87th birthday. The movie itself strayed quite far from the original, but we enjoyed going never the less. Then we went to dinner and back home for dessert. My mom thought we had enough cake for a while, so I made an ice cream dessert that she picked out of her cookbook. It was a good day to celebrate her.
I Found God today celebrating my mom.
The other day, we were talking about May Day with my mom’s friend. When she was young, she used to put together baskets of goodies and flowers and leave them on porches of friends as a surprise. I had never heard of that tradition. This morning I went to my exercise class. One of the ladies there brought in small pansy plants and small butterfly garden ornaments for everyone. We were all surprised. It started out the day – and the month – with a little good cheer.
I Found God today in a surprise of flowers.
The other day there was a terrible crash on the highway. I heard early on that a homeless man who was in the area sprang into action and started pulling people out of their cars before they caught on fire. He saved at least 3 people. I heard tonight that a news station started a fundraising effort for him. Many people have already donated and are trying to give the man a leg up. I thought that was pretty awesome.
I Found God today as people help a homeless hero.
My Bible class reconvened after a 2 week Easter break. During that time, one young man was Baptized, Confirmed, and received his first Holy Communion as he entered into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The people who attended commented on what a beautiful celebration it was. It made them really appreciate and rejoice in their Catholic faith. Another man was accepted into the diaconate program and will begin his 5 year formation in the fall. And one young woman said she went to Paris. She loves the Notre Dame cathedral and when she saw it had burned, she had to go see it. She showed us pictures of when she was there before the fire and a couple of pictures of what the outside looks like now. I thought about the extraordinary faith of these 3 people and the different ways in which that plays out in their lives. What a wonderful, diverse God we have.
I Found God today in the different ways faith is expressed.
Today was my dad’s 89th birthday. When I wished him happy birthday when he got up this morning, his response was, “I made it!” After church we went to the symphony and heard Beethoven. He had been wanting to go and it happened to land on his birthday so that worked well. It was a small venue and we had good seats. It felt like we were right next to the orchestra. I could see the pianists hands and fingers as they flew up and down the piano keys. The concert was beautiful and my dad loved it. He didn’t want to make any decision on other plans and said I should surprise him. So after the concert we went to dinner and my son met us there. Then at home, the neighbors came over for cake. It was a busy but enjoyable day. I was also happy that my dad “made it” to celebrate one more year.
I Found God today celebrating my dad’s birthday.