First, I begin with much thanks and praise for your prayers. We are on the mend. My head is still weary and wants to hang down, but I could not rest until I began to share the journey of the past four days.
So Meredith (pictured to the left with Joanne’s pumpkin that she grew in her own backyard!) and I found some child care and headed north to Joanne’s home. We drove very near the home, when I realized I forgot the exact road. So I called and Joanne’s husband Toben answered. I smiled when he said turn on the street where the tree is turning colors for fall. What a great beginning!
We came to the table overlooking Joanne’s beautiful decorated-by-God-for-autumn backyard. I wanted to stay right there and put up my tent. It was a wonderful and restful retreat. Joanne had created a royal lunch for us of chicken salad and croissants. She quoted Anne of Green Gables’ friend Diana Berry in saying how nice it would be to be rich and eat chicken salad and live in fine houses. To which Anne replied that we are rich for we have our friendship and imagination. So we feasted on richness and fatness at Joanne’s. It was such a high and wonderful time.
We shared wonderful and scrumptious food–and best of all, we shared ourselves and our stories. It cannot get any better than that my friends!
May I say that besides all that I have written, the very best part of the day was the love and care for detail that Joanne put into the day? She planned for us and prepared and thought about us…which made the time all the more special. Meredith and I came away as blessed and deeply loved friends with Joanne. I tell you my heart is still so full from that feeling of being made special…just like Jesus does….just like He would do.
Indeed Joanne is a well-balanced Mary and Martha! She prepares and serves, and yet knows the importance of sitting at the feet of Jesus.
So we shall do this again. And I encourage you to find some friends to invite over and plan for…to treat and pamper…to spend time doing something together beyond what you normally do. If you cannot think of someone to invite, do what Joanne did and invite people you don’t know very well. For a stranger may be just the one to bring into your life and add richness and friendship! I think that looks a lot like Jesus, too!
Be sure that when you are invited to the wedding that you are dressed appropriately (Matthew 22:1-14). How is that, you ask? Clothe yourself in Christ. He ALONE is enough.
Come dressed and ready! For this is a story-book tale that is real.
And someday, we shall see Him and know Him, even as we are fully seen and known.
Tomorrow, I will tell about Friday, when I flew to Dallas/ Ft. Worth for a Texas-sized offer from Bev.