answered prayer and coffee cake
sometimes, in the chaos we call life, everything stops for one beautiful, memorable moment. we’ve all experienced it at one time or another, and hopefully more than once. recognizing genuine friendship, falling in love, holding your child for the first time, reconciling a relationship, seeing a dream achieved, or witnessing a miracle all create dazzling snapshots that are forever etched in our memory.
i experienced one of those vivid moments this weekend when my sister and i helped my mom host a brunch to celebrate the tremendous blessings our family has gained throughout her recent fight with breast cancer. we invited all the dear people who directly touched our lives in encouragement and support through this bumpy ride. some brought meals to my dad and titu (my grandmother), some sat with mom in the hospital, and others repeatedly drove her the up the long road to okc and back for daily radiation treatments when dad was snowed under with tax season. we actually had a list of more than eighty people who offered specific assistance in a significant way. we wanted to honor them, acknowledge their role in her recovery, and praise God for working through them. it was an amazing thing to have so many gathered together to celebrate life and health and friendship. the joy in the house on saturday was thick. it was our own little cancer wrap party, and how thankful we all were to be done.
and how fun it is to plan a party with my two best girlfriends! choosing invitations, making a shopping list, countless calls and emails, pooling serving pieces, arranging flowers, baking muffins, and preparing tea! i am more grateful for these times than ever after this past year and a half, and i am glad for the reminder to appreciate how fortunate we are. this splendid moment in time was courtesy of the one and only Healer and Creator of All Things Good, as all gorgeous stand-still scenes are. may you all enjoy many such moments in your own lives.
“every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all…” james 1:17