|white elephant mural and patrons at Pies and Pints in Charleston, WV.|
There was more than one white elephant in the room and we rubbed shoulders and laughed and held eyes like there was nothing wrong.We don’t do this very often–head out at as family to sit down at a different table. It was his idea, just to shake off the ordinary. Just to shake off this black cloud of worry.
We have this boy who doesn’t smile much these days, see. And we speak in whispers about it and furrow brows, and try to pull out that little one who used to smile so easily and could light up our world. And it cloaks a mamma’s heart in fear and I start to think about teen suicide and senseless violence and all the many narrow alleyways and paths that a boy’s heart can take.
“I would do anything to make him happy,” Jeff says to me one night when the boys are tucked in bed. And I feel the emptiness of those words and struggle to open my hands.
We know there is only One who can wrap tender fingers around a heart and open eyes to the beauty of life. We cling and we pray and we read the Word out loud.
But tonight, we eat.
It feels so good to step out of the ordinary, to taste something new together. It’s the just being together that makes it so and we know we need to do more of this–not the eating, but making the effort to listen, to see each other.
And he smiles. And it lights up the room.
How about you? How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. And come tell us about it.
Sharing with L.L. Barkat today also: