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Shining Moments

It seemed the most ordinary thing to do

but it was not ordinary at all.

No, not in the last ordinary.

A hot cup of tea.

That was it.

You see, life was busy back then many years ago.

I’d come home from high school with piles of homework

that I took so seriously.

Hours of hours of time I’d spend trying to get everything done for the next day.

I missed times with my family.

Looking back I regret not having spent more time just talking

but then I remember those tea times.

I’d walk in the door of our house and she’d already have the kettle on.

The cups would be on the table.


I’d smile inside at my mom’s thoughtfulness.

In just a few minutes I’d hear the sound of the kettle singing.

A glorious sound in the midst of the day.

She’d pour the hot
water into the waiting cups and I’d sit down at the table.

Watching the tea bag in the hot water

letting myself drink in the quiet and peace of home.

Mom would add just a little milk in her tea

and I’d have mine with a small spoon of sugar.

Both of us stirring our tea

as we began to talk.


Shining moments

brighten my day as I remember those special tea times.

Times when I could freely talk knowing that she would understand

or at least try to.

Sharing my joys and frustrations as a teenager

always feeling loved.


I do the same thing.

Get out the mugs

heat the water.

Add the teabag and watch it swirl in the hot water.

Add the sugar…just a little bit of sweetness

Talk and listen to my daughters

Hold the moments

Encourage them

Build into their lives.

Tea times are essential for us.

How about you?

Do you have a time when you gather with your loved ones?

When you freely share the quickly fleeting moments?

It need not be tea but I do hope that you make time to connect

with others.

Intentionally building into their lives.

In a world the seems to be going at jet speed

It’s important to create meaningful moments.

How are you doing it?



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.

Shining Moments

As I sat down on the seat at the service station my mind was miles away.

Thinking about all the things I needed to do

    people to see

    places to go

 The last place I wanted to be was there.

Waiting for my car to be inspected.

I reached for the newspaper nearby trying to find something uplifting

   but page after page was filled with the negative.

I turned to put it down

   and looked up as a very tall man opened the door.

His sheer height caught my attention and I watched as he strode up to the counter

   and explained what he needed.

I pulled out my book, opened it and began to read

   when suddenly I heard this loud voice calling my name.

“Miss Brani!”

He stepped closer to where I sat.

“You remember me?” Eyes twinkling. Big smile.

I looked up. And then like it was yesterday I saw the face of a six year old boy

   and I knew him.

“Bo!” (not his real name)

I jumped to my feet.

There I stood looking way up at him

   all five foot one and a half inches of me

   and he towering over me looked way down.

“You look just the same,” he grinned looking as if he’d won the jackpot.

All of a sudden my heart raced back to many years earlier when he had been in my class. Yes, I knew right where he sat in the classroom. I pictured his innocent face.

How very hard he worked as a first grader. Those giggles and grins. What a boy!

It’s amazing what the heart remembers.

There he stood before me

     all grown up.

But he was still MY boy in some strange sense.

My heart swelled in pride as I gazed at him

   the past intersecting with the present.

Yesterdays sunshine creating brilliance in the moment.

He stepped towards me

      this great big giant of a man

     and gave me an octopus hug.

“Thank you, Miss Brani.

    Thank you.”

My heart was too full to say much.

And then he was gone.

The whole experience must have taken only a few minutes

  but it left a lasting impact that warmed my heart.

Immediately my spirits lifted and an ordinary day became extraordinary.

Don’t you love to meet someone you haven’t seen for ages

   and immediately the heart is there? You sense the importance of their lives

  and your time together.

Once more you glimpse the sacred in the midst of the mundane.

The gold that is lasting. Many things don’t really matter but

Love is eternal.

Your heart tells you it is so and so does His Word.

Let’s never forget that

   and always know

   please know this…

   you are important to someone today.