Iâ€™m remembering a special birthday party our daughter Kim and I put on for her dad and my wonderful husband Ned. Old friends stopped by, ate, swapped stories, laughed and just enjoyed each other.Â Some girlfriends and I hammed it up and took a picture like we were a dancing line, never mind that if we did dance too long at our age we would probably be in bed the next day with back pain.
But isnâ€™t it fun to just get together with friends, young and old, and laugh and love on each other?Â I think we forget to laugh nowadays.Â If we are not working we are rushing hither and thither with our kids or grandkids, getting them to their next organized activity.Â Sometimes I despise that word organized.Â Is anyone happy out there?Â Sure the world is in chaos, the economy is getting tighter and tighter and it seems like all the politicians in the world are screaming and yelling.Â Ned and I limit ourselves to one hour of news at night or else I think I will go batty with worry.
Think of the last time you sat on a porch with a glass of lemonadeâ€¦ok maybe itâ€™s too hot to do that in Tucson now but what about an early morning walk?Â Or sitting outside at sunset with God for even just a few minutes loving Him and His creation?Â Think back to how cruel the Roman occupation was in Jesus time, yet He managed to go to a wedding in Cana and turn water into wine and I bet He danced and dancedâ€¦have you ever heard of a Jewish person that doesnâ€™t like to dance?Â I guess I am just asking us to take time to laugh and kick back and spend time with friends. Proverbs 17:17 says â€œA friend loves at all times,â€ and Proverbs 18:24 says, â€œBut there is a friend who ticks closer than a brother.â€
Enter into His joyâ€¦call some friends and tell them you care; ask their forgiveness if you have hurt them, call them anyway even if they have hurt you; have lunch together, even if itâ€™s a small bowl of soupâ€¦invite them to come over and just â€œbeâ€â€¦take a risk and reach out and make a new friend.Â The memories you share will give you a taste of Godâ€™s love..savor it, enjoy it..do it now!Â Love, kathy