Recently I was able to spend some time in the beautiful state of Hawaii. The weather was an incredible, consistent, 80-ish degrees. The flowers were in full bloom, (is there a time of year that they aren’t blooming in paradise?)
Hawaiian Yellow Flower
We managed to get there before the end of the humpback whale migration season, which was awe inspiring!
We watched sea turtles on the beach. Quite a sight!
A little sunning time for Mr. Turtle!
My dry Colorado skin drank up the air-laden moisture in large gulps. My eyes feasted on incredible beauty, as I breathed in the sweet Plumeria perfuming the air. Wow! A bit of perfection packed onto such a compact bit of soil and rock, floating in the ocean!
But the real reason for my visit didn’t have much to do with the beauty surrounding me or the first time experiences. I was there to see my granddaughters, daughter and son-in-law. I was there to play games, watch Sesame Street, tickle tummies, giggle, belly laugh, steal kisses and hugs and whisper as many times as possible into sweet little ears, I love you! We made memories together. We watched as our youngest granddaughter learned to walk. First with tentative steps and then with more confidence all the while checking over her shoulder with a grin to make sure everyone was observing her victory!
These are the wonderful, precious times that make life so joyful for me. I want to build blocks of relationship and love with all of my grandchildren. The two who are living in Hawaii and the two who I’ve had the pleasure of taking care of weekly in Colorado. There’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than little arms wrapped around my neck giving tight bear hugs! Or hearing a small voice saying “I love you Grandma!”
My hope is that you too have relationships that make your life full and rich. These special bonds are gifts given by our heavenly Father.
New International Version (NIV)
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
My relationship and love for God and his creation, (that includes people) is why I’m here on earth! Develop the links and ties you have with others. Is it difficult? Yes, sometimes extremely difficult! Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!
Matthew 22: 34-40a
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”