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Shining Moments

Amidst all that glitters and sparkles in life

are woven golden threads.

Precious people

dear friends of my heart.

Many, many years ago when I was a first grade teacher

I was blessed to come to know a very special woman.

I admired her in many ways but most of all for her ability

to sweetly mother 5 growing boys.

I was privileged to teach one who just melted my heart.

Thank you, Mike!

He still has that special place in his first grade teacher’s heart.

Long after the school year ended

I kept in touch with this precious family.

They stepped into my life at key moments

in ways that I will never forget.

Always there to help and encourage

and to lend a hand of support and care.

Always with a kind word and praise to the Lord.

As a single mom they were still there

to love and care for our family of two.

Miss Amy became Noelle’s very special second Mommy

when I took evening college courses.

Bubbles and laughter. Cheese balls and Psalty.

I always knew that Noelle was well cared for in my absence.

Time kept marching along

and those 5 special boys grew into men with wives

and children of their own.

Today as I visited and looked at those dear faces

many of whom go way back in my life

I sensed again the greatness of God’s tender care through the years.

Golden threads

that shine with His Presence and Love.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1

In a world that oftentimes leaves you hungry and longing for more

He places special people.

Faces that shine with the Light of His Presence.

Lives that continue to reflect His Purpose and Peace.

Yes, I’ll be thinking about our time together

for a long time. Hearing the laughter and the sounds of those voices.

Take time to be with those whose lives have touched yours, my friends.

Golden threads…

Sacred moments along the journey.

Thank you, Jesus!

Shining Moments

As I pulled out the old recipe card

to make cheesy potatoes

my thoughts wandered back to her.

Although we had only lived close by for a short time

I will never forget

her sweetness.

Yes, so much love and energy packed into this dear woman.

She gave me the card before I left

And from then on I have made that recipe

maybe hundreds of times.

How I missed her.

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear her voice again, I thought.

So today,

I reached for the phone and called her.

“Hello,” I heard. Music to my ears.

“This isSharon. FromVirginia.”

“Oh my,” she answered. “How wonderful.”

For the next few minutes we were lost in time.

Catching up.

She is now going slower but still getting out.

How I’d love to just come in your door

and share a nice cup of tea with you, I shared.


You have no idea, she said.

This is the best Christmas gift ..

just to hear your voice.


A lump filled my throat.

Why I’d give her the moon if I could.

So precious to me.


I love you, she said.

Oh I love you too, I responded.

So true. Though the years have come and gone

our love for each other stays strong.

By the time I placed the phone down

my heart was overflowing with joy.

A shining moment.

Two hearts touching

and warmed by the other.


Christmas is love.

God reaching down to man in love.

Angels proclaiming Glory to God in the Highest

and on earth peace, good will to men. Luke 2:14

Yes, angels sang it.

Shepherds heard it. Do you?

Many, many people are alone these days.

Some of them elderly

Some of them not. They hunger for a call, a visit.

Maybe there is someone that you need to call.

Make this Christmas the best Christmas ever.

Reach out

and touch your world with love.

Yes, just do it.

“It’s the best Christmas gift ever,” I heard her say.

So sweet. I treasure those moments.

That special time with her today.

shining moments

People matter.

All people.

You and you and you.

No matter how old I get

I’m still fascinated with people.

Again and again people share with me their struggles in relationships.

Lonely voices struggling to believe that there’s a God who cares.

Sure, people might be there in a crisis

but I want a friend who will share life with me.

Yes, that’s what they say

and my heart understands.

A friend for all kinds of weather.

A friend who is committed to being there.

But in our fast paced world of technology

deep relationships are harder to form.

They take time

and most of all, heart.

There are limits to how many close friends one can have.

but the voices of the lonely cause me to wonder.

Are we missing out on one of the greatest opportunities on earth?

Growing to know someone

and being there for them for the length of days.

Fair weather friends, we used to call them.

The ones who would be there while things were going well

but seemed to disappear when you really needed them.

I believe that people need more than that. You need more than that.


then again,

it takes commitment.

A ‘wanting to’ by both.

Lonely voices,

I hear them every day.

Looking for someone who will care.

How can we speak about a God who cares

when we are never there.

Running in and out




but no time to even know our neighbors.

My heart beats with passion as I remember these precious words,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind

and love your neighbors as yourself.” Luke 10:27

A commitment to grow a friendship

might well be the greatest gift we can give.

Moving in

While others stay outside

Breathing words of reassurance and care.

Slowly building a relationship that will last.

Learning to love.

Yes, that’s really what it’s all about.

Learning to love another.

Out of self-interest and into you.

Teach me, O Lord, how to do that.