A dear friend and former neighbor died peacefully yesterday with his wife at his side. I sobbed when I got the news- Louis lives in Florida and we're in Wisconsin, but we'd walked the journey of cancer every step with him for several years. How we hoped he could enjoy more than 62 years.
Louis was the epitome of goodness, a model of integrity. His uncomplaining kindness to others others modeled Christ. He'd been in the military, excelled as an engineer, owned his own company, yet I never heard him raise his voice at his wife or sons. He did menial tasks humbly. Louis was a good and gentle man. Psalm 1 say, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked...but his delight is the law of the Lord..."
You may wonder what this has to do with the picture of me and our then four-year -old grand twins, Joshua and Anna, having a tea party. I'm thinking the important things of life can be taught at tea parties. Anna, had just reminded Joshua to use his saucer so as not to spill crumbs. It would be unkind to make a mess and leave it for someone else to clean up. Being polite and considerate has value in this world. Anna then turned to tell Grandpa to put down his camera and come join the party. In this post-election world it's good to focus on what's truly important - enjoying simple moments, celebrating with tea and love for the ones we're blessed to live with while we have them.
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