My word for this year is LEARN.
So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons. Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way. I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.
I’ve written about my dad before. He rocked. He still rocks, in my heart. The 30th anniversary of his passing is a few weeks away. 30 years! To borrow a phrase from last year ~ wOw!
Years ago, my sister and I were swapping stories about the advice Daddy gave us when we left home. He told Mari, “Always look people in the eye. Always have a firm handshake. And ladies drink rum and Coke.” He told me, “Always listen to God more than you talk to him.” We weren’t sure whether the difference said more about how he saw us or where he was at the time of the advice.
Anyhoo – back to grief. I was looking though my dad’s 1929 Book of Common Prayer for a reason I now can’t remember. What I found was a four page essay, handwritten by Daddy, titled, “How I Pray.” I chuckled. He always could and obviously still can get my attention with the softest sledgehammer. Then I had The Best cry. That deep-from-the-gut-crusty-eye-snot-dripping-to the top-of-my-mouth kinda cry.
It’s been years since I cried about my dad. It felt good. It felt healing. It felt holy. I felt loved. I felt like Daddy was right there with me ~because he was and is and will be.