Following and Abiding

… because He said to

The presence and the absence

1000 Gifts
#32 kid’s swimsuits flopped over the deck rail

Every time I see the kid’s suits like this I get a lump in my throat. The evidence of reckless play, of tanned bodies splashing and calling out over and over, “Watch me!” , playing Marco Polo and getting water up their noses and swimming around and around to make a whirlpool. Sitting this morning before an array of colored towels and deflating rafts my eyes mist and I think, “God, you are too good to me. Please let it last for a long, long time.”

Someday the little suits will be missing. Someday, sooner than I’d like, when I step outside in the morning for my quiet time I won’t find pool toys scattered on the deck and goggles heaped on the table.

I can’t bear the thought.

I’m finding it easy to be thankful for these things, but wondering how I will ever be able to say I’m thankful for their absence.

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