It's the simple things that give my heart its wings.
The past few weeks haven't been the easiest, with the gravity of life pulling down and the winds of heartache blowing through the days, but my heart has been given wings by some of the sweetest and simplest things.
Seeing the room where my grandpa stayed during his last week on earth.
He had a beautiful view outside his window, reminiscent of his own home, and beautiful care from both my mother and uncle's steadfast company and the kind hospice and care-home workers who made him as comfortable as they could. The way everyone fought for my grandpa - to give him the best possible treatment and going-home experience - touches my heart.
Watching my grandpa's memorial service come together.
His heart of service, his kindness to others, his big smile for all, his devotion to his one true love and his family, and the faith that meant everything to him - it all was so evident in every part of our celebration of his life.
African violets and a lovely evening on the coast.
My coworkers in marketing got together and had a basket of beautiful African violets sent to me at work after they heard about my grandpa passing away. I was incredibly blessed by their thoughtfulness and care.
As for the book pictured here, I returned home by way of the coast and enjoyed a delicious dinner and some shopping in Florence's (Oregon) Old Town. One of the items I picked up in a cute little shop was this "Reading Journal for Book Lovers."
Returning to the red-carpet treatment.
One coffee break, for some random reason, my coworkers and I discussed how I should have a red carpet leading to my cubicle, curtains around the opening, a body guard, white tiger, and whatnot. (The imaginings got a little carried away. :))
When I returned to work after my long weekend away, I discovered a "red carpet" leading to my cubicle, a tree creating some ambiance, and a "white tiger" gracing my chair. (Not to mention the fact that my cubicle had been "magnet-bombed" and the books and knick-knacks playfully disorganized...but the bag of chocolate made up for that!)
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You can't help but feel loved with a red carpet and chocolates - and a new nickname like "White Tiger."
And your heart can't help but fly when God showers you with love through things like...
- unexpected messages from blogging friends saying they felt prompted to pray for you,
- flowers and cards from coworkers who are true friends beyond the office,
- dinners and conversations and moments with family that help bring healing, and
- a million other simple things from movie-watching to agate-hunting, texts and phone calls, solitary drives and the power of fond memories.
These things aren't really that small - and certainly their impact is far from simple. Listing them here, remembering all the ways God has provided for me and my family in just these past few weeks, is eye-opening.
My heart has wings, indeed.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lᴏʀᴅ is gracious and full of compassion. ~ Psalm 111:4