Full of laughter....
And very satisfying.
There were highlights: Getting a hug from the door-keeper (and complete stranger) at Sam's club; finally hanging curtains in our family room; and spending an entire week with my man.
There were low-lights: having a root canal and allergy testing that required four days without antihistamine.. which was much harder than I anticipated.
But... there were more highlights:
Spending time with friends over sushi and soup; helping a young nursing student by listening to the first sentence of her thesis statement (I sat down next to her on a couch at Barnes and Noble); rearranging three rooms in our house; sleeping in with The Mister, and of course... there was that thirty-eighth birthday thrown in there for good measure. I love me a good birthday.
I wish I could tell you each detail, but it isn't necessary. It was a good, good week...a gift in and of itself.
I woke up on my birthday singing Sandra McCracken's Grace Upon Grace, which was inspired by one of my favorite Prayer books, The Valley of Vision.
I am going to close this post with the prayer entitled Grace Active , it is the prayer of my 38th year...for I have received grace upon grace...
LORD JESUS, GREAT HIGH PRIEST,
Thou hast opened a new and living way,
by which a fallen creature can approach thee
Help me to contemplate
the dignity of the Person,
the perfectness of thy sacrifice,
the effectiveness of thy intercession.
O what a blessedness accompanies devotion,
when under the trials that weary me,
the cares that corrode me,
the fears that disturb me,
the infirmities that oppress me,
I can come to thee in my need
and feel the peace beyond understanding!
The grace that restores is necessary to preserve,
lead, guard, supply, help me.
And here thy saints encourage my hope;
they were once poor and are now rich,
bound and are now free,
tried and now are victorious.
Every new duty calls for more grace than
I now possess,
but not more than is found in thee,
the divine Treasury in whom all fullness dwells.
To thee I repair for grace upon grace,
until every void made by sin be replenished
and I am filled with all thy fullness.
May my desires be enlarged and hopes
that I may honor thee by my entire
and the greatness of my expectation.
Do thou be with me, and prepare me for all
the smiles of prosperity, and the frowns of adversity,
the losses of substance, the death of friends,
the days of darkness, the changes of life,
and the last great change of all.
May I find thy grace sufficient
for all my needs.