I’m trying to be more aware of the blessings I have in my life and not focus so much on those things I can do nothing about. The other thing I’ve realized is that listening to news media is toxic to your soul. We been inundated for over a year with nothing but how many Covid cases there are, how many hospitalizations, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do, how many people have died, to now, how many vaccines have been administered. I swear if the word “Covid” could be erased from our vocabulary, we would all be so much better off. I know I would be.
But going back to focusing on blessings. This Easter was a beautiful, warm, sunshiney day. the kind of day you want all Easters to be. But all of us living here in the Midwest know that it is just as common to have a cold, snowy, windy Easter as a bright shiny one. But luckily this year, it was a wonderful day. I didn’t participate in my church choir this year. We always sing throughout Lent and Holy Week and Easter, but this year, I found that just worshiping alone with my husband was somewhat a blessing in itself. There was no rush to get home after spending all morning in church to get everything done before the family arrived.
And for the first time in over a year, we had all our kids (at least the ones who live in the area) here at the house at the same time.
This Easter also happened to be my son’s 33rd birthday. He was born the day after Easter and I still distinctly remember sitting at the dining room table on that Easter afternoon and being absolutely miserable; my back killing me, no room to eat, or even feel like I could take a decent breath. I know there are many women saying “been there, done that!”
My son is a police officer for a local municipality and I decided to make him a quilt using uniform patches from other departments in our area. I was very happy with how it turned out and I think he was too. He’s not the type to be really demonstrative, but he was excited enough to post it on Facebook and then call me later and ask if I could put dates on some of the patches. That was a huge blessing.
To quote a Bible verse…This is the Day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And I did.