A young mom with two small children was shown to a nearby table in the restaurant. The children were an infant in a carriage and a girl of maybe three or four years of age. As they were directly in my line of sight, I watched as they settled in. Mom appeared to fuss with the infant. She placed the stroller on one side of the table and then decided that she didn’t like where it was and would then move it to another. She did it two or three times and as she did, she would rock it as if to calm the child within. The little girl simply sat and watched.
Shortly thereafter, the dad arrived, picked up the infant and began to cradle her gently. He soon passed her back to the mom who with a kiss returned her to the carriage. Dad’s attention was then placed on his older daughter. I was privileged to have witnessed his obvious love for his children.
Closing our hearts means missing what is often right in front of us, that which we have been gifted. Whether it is family and friends, the sights and sounds of the world around us or life’s experiences, they are all gifts.
Lord, you have surrounded me with your love. May my heart remain open to recognize and receive it. Amen. — DR