Everything in my life came from somewhere…
Sometimes I am just plain overwhelmed by how gifted my life has been. It seems as though everywhere I look, there is something to be grateful for, some gift I’ve been given that warms my heart. Whether tangible or not, gifts surround me.
As I chose today’s clothes and accessories to wear to work, it dawned on me that many of the things I’m wearing were gifts from important people in my life. The denim jacket with the Cinetel logo embroidered on it came from my friend Sam, who gave it to me as he was moving away from the area years ago. I was too large to wear it when he gave it to me, but since weight loss surgery and shrinkage have happened, it now fits with room to spare. It’s a warm reminder of Sam’s friendship and the laughs we’ve shared over the years we’ve known each other. When I wear it, it’s like a hug from him.
I am wearing the Vicki treble clef earrings and the Olivia bracelet I mentioned in an earlier post called “Hand Made”, shiny reminders of these beautiful women whose lives have touched mine as we crossed paths through faith and music. Such gifts are a tribute to their thoughtfulness. While I treasure the jewelry (and I definitely do!) I treasure the women and their friendship even more. Each of them is entering a new phase of life right now. Vicki is getting married in 2 weeks and Olivia is finishing up her doctorate and about to begin a new teaching position. My prayers are with them both as they continue on the paths God has set for them.
On our last adventure trip to Las Vegas, Sweet Pea and I drove out into the desert to Primm, where there is a huge outlet shopping place. That drive into the desert was astonishing, the rugged beauty of jagged rocks and a huge sky overwhelming me with a view so different from home. That is where my white gold emerald and diamond anniversary ring came from, which I am also wearing today. It was an early 19th wedding anniversary present. The ring is beautiful and I love it…but the relationship with my husband is the true gift. The ring serves as a reminder of what really matters.
I also wear a little silver bead and crystal cross bracelet. This came from my cousin Judy. She slipped it onto my wrist last August on a hot, muggy morning. It was the morning we buried Aunt Ruby and my cousins had asked me to conduct her graveside service. I think Judy knew I’d need a little extra strength for the day, and the bracelet carried her love and prayers with it. It continues to do so and I wear it with love and gratitude.
Thanksgiving following Aunt Ruby’s passing, our family gathered at my cousin Holly’s house for the first time without Aunt Ruby’s presence among us. It was a bittersweet day, with both laughter and tears as we remembered the joy of Thanksgivings past when we gathered at Aunt Ruby’s house on Arnold Street. My cousins presented me with a gorgeous pair of earrings, a love gift for preaching Aunt Ruby’s funeral and a reminder of the many roles she had served in our family, among them, the resident ear-piercer. And the gem of choice? Rubies. Of course. Doubly meaningful because Aunt Ruby’s name was also Mama’s birthstone.
Everything I have, material and otherwise, came from someplace, from someone. As meaningful and special as the material gifts are, they are just reminders of the true gifts, which are the people whose lives touch mine and the Lord Who brought all of it together in the first place. He put me in the family He chose for me and brought into my path the friends He knew I would need to make my life rich, fun, musical and colorful.
So yes, in all honesty, I can say that I am indeed greatly gifted.