I have the kind of wealth even a bad economy can’t take the riches of God’s Love
As I sit here listening to Amy Grant, singing of the wonderful works of the Lord, I find myself reflecting on the many blessings in my life, and remembering those unexpected hugs. The first time I got off the Greyhound bus to stand face to face with my sister in the heart Melissa who has since been called home to the Lord, and I saw her precious little boy, I felt the hug from the Lord, even as I spent those last moments with Nonna, reading to the twenty third psalm I felt the gentleness of his hug, the first time I held Mikey, Ethan and Amber in my arms I felt those moments, and more recently with Autumeve. I remember so many answered prayers, even when Melissa was called home to the Lord at the age of thirty six, leaving her Son we could find peace in knowing that she was a believer, I can not count the times she told me that she could get through whatever came her way with the Lord. The first time I stood face to face with her was only months after she had faced having her leg amputated, and instead of being bitter about it, she was strong, and she used it draw her to the Lord!
Several years ago I got an unexpected hug from the Lord, and was blessed to meet Amy Grant and Vince Gill when they came to Sonora for a taping of there NBC show Three Wishes, it was a wonderful show, that sadly is not on air anymore, but that day I received one of my wishes, and that was to meet the singer whose CD and Tapes I had been wearing out for years. The Singer who helped me grow in faith, whose music so often played on my CD player.
I was honored to meet such a kind loving person, who so obviously had a heart for helping. It touched my heart to have the opportunity to meet her, to appreciate the fact that she was doing the Lord’s work.
I find that often some of the greatest hugs I get from God, come from his little children. When I go to church and Leliani nearly plows me down, saying, you know I just love to give you hugs! Then grabs the camera, when Ethan asks if he can come over and play with the puppies, when Mikey goes into Details of how they found the art on Mount Arafat, in two pieces, and I wonder to myself what happened to the baby that I used to hold in my arms. When Amber looks at me and says you know Auntie, sometimes I wish you were my Mom, because you teach me about Jesus, I feel that I have got the greatest hugs from the Lord, and I find myself smiling.
I love those little hugs from God, the unexpected email, finding out my novel is going to be published, hearing from a frined I haven’t heard from in awhile. Turning on a Amy Grant CD, when I have the kids over, and doing dances of praises, it all makes the dark times a little brighter, and it shows some of the greatest gifts you can’t buy no matter the state of economy.
Copyright Michelle R Kidwell