We share germs. Did you know? I mean our family shares germs. Your family shares germs. We all share germs together!

After a delightful weekend complete with family time, grilling outside, and celebrating graduation of friends, I’ve spent the day holding the green bowl for the little one. You know what I’m talking about. Everyone has a bowl that is designated the puke-catcher. What’s weird is that the bowl is used for other things on non-sick days….like popcorn and movie nights….chips for a party….candy at Halloween. I know you’re thinking you’ll examine my bowls before you’ll dip your chip, but don’t judge. We wash it. Often. With soap even. It’s a good bowl.

It’s been a quiet day…just being ready to help at all times. A cool cloth, a story, and Claire asking me to just stay with her were gifts I didn’t expect on this day that didn’t start smelling so good. I’ve lost count of the laundry loads, but the bathroom is clean yet again. I made jello for the first time in a million years, and I actually wrote some while she was sleeping.

I wish for new eyes to see most days. Do you? Do you pray to see beyond these thoughts: what I like, what I need, or how I feel?  When holding the bowl for our feverish daughter, I had new eyes just for a moment. All I could think about was holding her blondie hair back and wiping her face off. I didn’t know I would ever say there was anything good about a moment like that, but I saw it today. There was nothing about me in that moment. I was glad to be here. There was no other place I wanted to be.

Serving, contentment, giving, sharing…it just feeds us somehow. Why am I always looking for empty fillers?

 “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord, I want to see!” he answered.

Jesus replied, “Look and you will see! Your eyes are healed because of your faith.”

 Right away the man could see, and he went with Jesus and started thanking God.

When the crowds saw what happened, they praised God. Luke 18:41-43 (CEV)

New eyes also bring laughter to a desperate laundry situation and to noticing the dog enjoying the stink. Slowly with humor linens are washed clean, folded and put away fresh.

May God bless you today with new eyes to see. A new life is waiting.

Counting these many gifts today:

493. the necessary green bowl….it’s been there for me many times

494. cool, white cloths on a too warm forehead

495. a dog who knows a girl is sick, and gives needed snuggling

496. traditional dances (can you tell I’m doing research?)

497. Kebab Grill-outs

498. candles outside

499. this book: Celtic Blessings: Prayers for Everyday Life

500. counting blessing to 500!

501.steaming, hot tea with milk and sugar for the mom-nurse

502. a year of children’s accomplishments in school almost completed

503. Clean windows

504. squeak of the garbage truck brakes

505. Strawberry jello and yogurt too

506. Stories Jesus Told

507. washing machine

Join me in giving thanks!

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