I have had many happy days in my life—a solid family growing up, a steadfast husband, healthy and wise children and grandchildren, many vacations, numerous loyal friends, and much much more. But one of the happiest days of my life was when I turned fifty-five. It was then that I could get a senior coffee. I could get the early bird senior dinner. I could order off of the senior menu at Denny’s and Shari’s. I could move into a retirement home. What’s not to love?
One of the saddest days of my life was when I realized that I no longer had a waist. I’m shaped like a bar of soap, a tongue depressor, a book, a box, or a square tile. I could no longer snap my pants. Bummer!
Speaking of happy days, for me, they would include attending birthday parties in honor of a member of my family, or one of my friends. On one birthday for our daughter it became clear that we would have to serve the ice-cream and cake just after breakfast, and before lunch, due to the ice-cream melting while out camping. Heather coined the phrase “Sausage for breakfast and dessert before lunch.” She made it into a joyful time for everyone.
A sad day for me is when I think of the over thirty years I’ve lived with chronic pain. But the Lord looks after me in many ways. My friend, Nancy, in Florida, encouraged me to sign up to take the Bible Study Fellowship class next year, as they are studying Revelation. I thought I was not going to be able to, because the classes were so far away from me, and it caused me more pain to have to drive such a distance. But a Moms in Prayer friend, Mary Anne, mentioned to me that one class now meets within 3 miles of where I live. I was able to attend a welcome class and will be placed in a group for next year!
Life is happy and sad. To know the whole truth about God is the most important thing in living through good times and bad. “God is judge, but because of Jesus, we can go to Him as our refuge.” Dave Branson