Going through some boxes, I found my old merit badge requirement book from when I was a Boy Scout. I didn’t realize it at the time, but life was so much more simple then. Relationships were definitely less complicated. I had a lot less to worry about, thanks to loving family who took care of my needs and left me free to enjoy my childhood. And cartoons were better back then. Just saying. On that note, I move on to #906.
906) Homemade bread with homemade jam.
907) Finishing a game of gin rummy with a positive score.
908) A sense of belonging and being wanted.
909) Those people who care enough about me to actually make time for me in their lives.
910) Grape jelly.
911) When someone sees you at your worst and chooses to stick around and love you in spite of the darkness.
912) My vintage California Raisins beach towel.
913) Peach and/or blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
914) Really old hymnals.
915) All the Cosby Show episodes before Denise left the show.
916) Resting in the greatness of my Savior’s loving heart.
917) The peace that comes with true surrender.
918) Letting go so that my open hands are ready to receive something better.
919) Embracing the mystery of God in all His love and holiness and not just the parts I understand or that make me feel warm and fuzzy.
920) Another good night of fellowship with the Green Hills Community Group.
921) Making Thursdays my designated downtown Franklin night.
922) Being okay with unresolved tension and the cliffhangers in life.
923) Laying in my bed in the dark late at night listening to good music.
924) Taking my shoes off and wading through the creek at Crockett Park.
925) The relief of Aloe Vera on sunburn.
926) Taking a spoonful of local honey to help with my allergies.
927) Cake batter.
928) Being alone but not lonely.
929) Movies like Gladiator and Braveheart.
930) Taking naps on the couch.
931) When it’s there’s still daylight after 8 pm.
932) The way my grandfather told the best stories.
933) When pants that used to be too tight are now too loose.
934) Not having to write in cursive anymore if I don’t want to.
935) That I’m not fighting for victory but fighting from the victory Jesus has already won.
936) That moment when I’m hopelessly lost and I see a familiar landmark and realize I know where I am.
937) Trying to wrap my brain around the concept of eternity.
938) The prayer I learned from Brennan Manning that I repeat daily– “Abba Father, I belong to You.”
939) Sighing the deep sigh of contentment at close of day.
940) That face.
One thought on “Things I Love 31: That Black Horse and Those Cherry Trees”
O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me forget myself entirely so to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave you, O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and the place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to your creative action.