Saturday, October 23, 2021

Lives Joined Together


Daily Gratitude Year 9 - Day 296: Today, I am grateful for lives joined together. 

Today seems to be a celebration of lives joined together. 

This morning, I harvested zinnia seeds from my landscape. For those who follow daily, you may remember my seeds came not from a packet, but from my childhood friend, Roxanne Stelle, who is always in my heart. We did some seed swapping last spring and both added to our summer gardens. 

Every time I looked at the blooms, I thought of Roxanne, our friendship and the joy of the shared seeds joined together. No matter how many years between seeing each other, we can catch up in a minute. (sound familiar Kim Williams-Meyering) When we join hearts, lives are joined as well. 

This afternoon, we will watch a wedding. We are so happy for Samantha and her Nick. She is a treasure of a girl and we rejoice in the love they have found together. They, with her son, Brady, will begin a new adventure today. Marriage joins more than two lives together. Families become joined as well. We celebrate their joining and the joy that will spring from the sacred union before God and Man. We love the Geiger clan!

This week, our joined lives meant sharing with our dear Anna (and Ryan Leander) in the loss of the best of earthly fathers. Her father, Randy (great name) and mother Patty, joined in many of our celebrations here because Ryan and Anna are family to us.  Joined lives means shared sorrows. It is as God intended. Our hearts break for them and with them. Lives joined together mean we share sorrows and joy. 

Two scriptures come to mind. Favorites of mine:

"A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. "-Ecclesiastes 4:12

We are better together. 

The next verse has become a life verse. Simple, but it reminds me to try and act more like Jesus. 

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. -Romans 12:15

This week has been full. 

Today, I am grateful for lives joined together. 

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