Please take a moment and read the scripture from this weekend: Luke 15:20
My first memory of my father, one that I know didn’t come from a photograph or someone else’s story, happened when I was about 5 years old. I remember making my way to the kitchen and climbing up onto the dark, wooden bar stool to settle myself next to my dad at the counter. He had his bowl of Cheerios and was making toast for breakfast. I felt like the luckiest girl when I woke up while my dad was making his breakfast. He slathered the toast in crunchy peanut butter and then silently set it in front of me while he made some more for himself. It was quiet, except for the farm reports coming from the radio. I was content to sit next to him and eat my toast while he waited for the weather update. That is one of my fondest memories spent with my dad.
As parents, we are so hard on ourselves. We want to give our children what they need to succeed in life and offer every opportunity and experience that their peers have. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the only way to give our children “the best” is by giving them mountain top experiences and trendy gadgets. And while that can certainly be memorable and life-changing, capturing ordinary, everyday moments is just as meaningful.
In worship this weekend, Pastor Greg gave us the assignment to watch the movie, About Time. He showed a clip of the father’s last wish where he wanted to go back in time and take his son for a walk. Of all the things they had done together, the one thing he found the most meaningful and to do one last time was to go for a walk. I’ve heard that many people who are near the end of their life have similar wishes. A wish to laugh and hug someone special one more time. A wish to go for one more walk or to eat a piece of toast together one more time. A wish to remember ordinary moments forever.
Help us to live our lives noticing the beauty that happens all around us in our daily lives. Whether it’s a mountain top experience or an ordinary moment, don’t let us miss it. Help our relationships be rich and our lives meaningful. Remind us that sitting quiet and soaking in all you have to offer is meaningful and special.
In your loving and precious Son’s name,
Written by Julie Anderson
Julie Anderson is a member of Sheridan’s Devotion Writing Team. She works as Sheridan’s Children’s Music Coordinator where she is passionate about teaching children to use their musical gifts to praise God.
Julie is married to Scott and counts her greatest honor as being mom to Adrienne, Eliot and Elise.