Roller Coaster!

‘Life is amazing.  And then it is awful.  And then it is amazing again.  And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine.  Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.  Thats just living heartbreaking, soul healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.  And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.’    LR Knost

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Last Friday Mary Jane and I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Jim and Laura, who have been our good friends for many years!

I heard from a former classmate yesterday and it was a pleasure to chat with her on Facebook and I thought of the first time we met…the first day of first grade!

We made our annual trek to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to eat a Father’s Day lunch at Katie O’ Ferrels.  I had a delicious beef sandwich!

Aaron bought me an, old cast iron, bank for Father’s Day and Jonathon purchased a Swiss Army knife, for me, with a picture of the Eiffel Tower on it!


Mary Jane got me a pin of the flag of Israel and American flag combined!

As the Brooks men and I enjoyed a Father’s Day beer this afternoon, I was shocked to have our bartender purchase my beer for me!  I was pleasantly surprised and humbled by her gracious gesture!

My brother Brock, wished me a happy Father’s Day!

My brother-in-law Ron, withed me a happy Father’s Day!

My buddy Ryan, wished me a happy Father’s Day!

I was speaking with my friend of many years, and we agreed that there are tremendous truths contained within the few lines of the quote by L.R. Knost.

Being well on the road to 62, I reflect on the many times that I have lived the, ‘awful and ordinary,’ and it seemed that it would never end!

Awful is not hard to understand.  You know that you are going through a crisis that could be your health or the health of your loved ones!  It could also be the loss of a job or financial insecurity.  It could be the dissolution of a relationship that, up until that time, your life was based upon.

Awful can be a supervisor or ‘boss’ who is picking on you.  The boss is a bully and they take joy in facilitating your misery!

The ‘awful’ has always compelled me to call on God for help and mercy…and wisdom to understand the Creator’s plan for me?

The ‘ordinary’ is more subtle and lulling in its complacency.

So many of our days are carbon copies of the day before and a good barometer of the day to come.

As the ‘ordinary’ days of our life pass by, ever so swiftly, it is easy to grasp on to many things that seem to be a constant and unchangeable!  When I was employed at Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale it appeared certain to me that I would be working there for all of my life.  The idea that I would eventually become old enough to retire…seemed like a fairy tale to me!

I have been retired eight and one half years!

Ordinary days melt together in our memory!  Their sameness obscures their beauty! When our children are young we believe that the joy of parenting will last forever.  When we experience our first wedding anniversary or our fifth…we think…look what we have done!

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The miracle of this life’s walk, that we are all taking together, is that every day is another piece of the puzzle.  Each day has a specific reason and purpose and if we can be given the grace to understand that guardian angels are walking with us and that we should savor and dwell upon every small gift that life brings us…. we understand that it’s tapestry is sewn from the majestic thread of countless small gifts that make up this roller coaster ride that we call life!

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