Meet Ben. He is an extremely important part of our family. He came to us at Easter one year when Matt was just a toddler. We all love Ben. It seems like we have never been without him. He always brings a smile to my face.
Ben was tucked into bed at the same time Matthew was each evening. Ben was there at the dinner table when we said Grace, and he was there for evening prayers. He came with us on our trips to town, and he came with us on our trips on the truck as Matt’s dad drove 48 states. If we went roller skating, Ben had his own skates. If we went swimming, Ben had his own swimming trunks. Ben also had his own cowboy hat and even his own cowboy boots. Ben was a great friend and rarely was Matt and his side-kick separated.
When Matt got a little older, Ben eventually spent more and more time on Matt’s top bunk. A bit later, a younger friend of Matthew’s asked if Ben could play every time he came for a visit. He, too, loved Ben.
Sometimes some of Matt’s younger cousins’ played with Ben when they came to visit. Everyone had fun making sure Ben was dressed in the appropriate outfit for every occasion. Ben has never been far from our sight, but it was just this year that I designated Ben to a more prominent place in the house. I have been thinking more about him these days, and wanting to spend more time with him. The years between the time he went everywhere with us and the time that I have just recently sought his company again, seem without space or time.
Matt is taking lots of new steps these days. There is much going on in his life during his last year in high school. Tonight, Matt is on his way to a very important occasion; something that he has looked forward to for a long, long time. I am very happy for him.
It is all as it should be. It is all good, I know; but for tonight, I am going to grab Ben and see if he is up for some snuggle time and a story.
Oh, The Shack. We can't ignore it. Nor should we. As predicted in the article at the link below, the author Wm. Paul Young has released ...
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."
~~Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
"I believe in the immortality of the soul, because I have within me immortal longings." ~Helen Keller
The American's Creed
I believe in the United states of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
Whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
A democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states;
A perfect union and inseparable;
Established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortues.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
~~William Tyler Page
Thoughts on Success....
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
(or that which should be)
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." ~ Charles Dickens
"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life" ~ Booker T. Washington
James Oliver Curwood
"What the caterpillar calls the end, God
calls the butterfly."
"That gracious thing, made up of tears and light" - a rainbow.