And then church today.
We missed last Sunday, due to fun family activities out of town, and it's so very good to be back with our church family today.
Everyone singing. Babies giggling and squirming. Toddlers wiggling and peering over the pews. Pastor Bert faithfully, clearly pouring out God's Word. Kids dutifully writing their notes. Grown-ups too. Carefully, oh so very carefully, passing the bread and the juice, from hand to hand.
Grace has appeared.
And a warm little body sinking into my side.
I felt his head begin to nod after the offering.
Gunnar, are you getting sleepy?
No... Mama... I just... like to... close my eyes... a little.
And then the steady, quiet breathing of an exhausted child.
While I don't encourage the boys to sleep through church, I couldn't help but think what peace, to fall asleep surrounded by your family, hearing God's Word.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.