One of the most poignant remarks made about the family Christmas Eve gathering this year was made by Stephanie when she dropped off (unknowingly to me) Christmas presents. When I went on her FACEBOOK site to thank her she later responded with this sweet observation as she parked the car, watched the grandchildren running back and forth across the porch, squealing while throwing snowballs and chasing each other…
“It warmed my heart to see your home filled with the laughter of your grandchildren.”
I had done it…Christmas was a success if someone coming to the house picked up on the love within. The remark just made my Christmas “warming my heart too.”
Haven’t we all experienced that same happy feeling and observation (for someone else) like sweet Stephanie did. I remember experiencing this when I would walk in the neighborhood (New Year’s resolution to get back on it) and get glimpses (perhaps) a family cook-out gathering going on and catch snippets of conversations between maybe a child and grandfather…and it warmed my heart too….it was reassuring that with love like that the world is not lost…it is just fine. There is something so enticing about hearing peals of laughter from children playing.
When Anne and I went to Ireland three summers ago…the tourist guidebooks would list “sacred places” we could visit. We soon realized that different location spots in Ireland spoke to us together and/or separately. Finding one’s own special sacred ground is extremely individualized and has nothing to do (necessarily) with historical landmarks. It has everything to do with our heightened perceptions.
This devotional message addresses why designated “sacred places” or “Holy Ground” doesn’t affect everyone the same way. *Thanks Anne for sharing this devotional with us.
“Thin Places” (Still/Speaking Daily Devotional) Richard L. Floyd
“Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!'” – Genesis 28: 16
Suddenly it came to me that the little Christmas Wreath bench that called me over to it to come, sit, and inhale the peace of Christmas morning before returning to all the festivities was my “Holy Place” and my eyes were open and drawn to it. God is so amazing…giving us what we need when we need it.
So until tomorrow…Help us Father be visually conscious of Your Presence calling us to stop, chat, pray and listen for You to show us the Way!
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh