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Springfield Today April 17, 2018

May 11, 2018 by  
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Everyone knows what it means to moan. We’ve been there when the expected or the unexpected happens and almost as an involuntary response, from deep within ourselves, a moan comes rumbling out. It communicates the hurt, the grief, or the disappointment more clearly than words ever could.

But could there be such a thing as a “good moanin’”?

When we learn not to take life too seriously, and we acquire the ability to laugh at ourselves, we’re on the right track to a “good moanin’,” and in the process, the sting doesn’t seem as sharp, the grief not as long, and the disappointment not as devastating.

And always remember, even the Holy Spirit values a good moanin’.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes

for us with ‘moans’ that words cannot express.”  (Romans 8:26 PFV – Prince Fred Version)

And the Psalmist knew the value of a good moanin’.

“But I will sing of your strength, in the ‘moanin’’ I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 59:16 PFV)

“Satisfy us in the ‘moanin’’ with your unfailing love, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14 PFV)

I was moanin’ a few weeks ago when Teri was gone to help Lauren after the birth of our first granddaughter. I was moanin’

because I’m not wired to live alone. I told Teri I have to die first so I don’t have to live by myself. (She was not impressed with my selfishness.)

Fischer, our 3-year-old grandson, loved having Tiny (that’s what he calls Teri) at his house. They played all day while his momma took care of his baby sister. They ate peanut butter giant fingers. They went on adventures in the woods. They read books.

When Teri finally made it home – he Facetimed Teri and “moaned” “Tiny I need you. Come home!” She almost jumped in the car right then, and I think she’s traveling back up there this weekend. So I’ll be “moanin’ again.

I did recently read a third grader’s description of a grandmother. This is what he wrote:

A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. She likes other people’s little girls and boys. A

grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys, and they talk about fishing and stuff like that.  Grandmothers don’t have anything to do except to be there. They’re so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is, and have lots of dimes ready. Or if they take us for walks, they should slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They should never say, “hurry up.” Usually, grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums off. Grandmothers don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like, “Why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?” Grandmothers don’t talk baby talk like visitors do, because it is hard to understand. When they read to us, they don’t skip or mind if it is the same story over again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if they don’t have a television, because they are the only grownups who have time.
Now, probably not one thing that third grader wrote about his grandmother would apply to Teri; the words wouldn’t apply but the spirit behind the words would, for he was describing someone who loved him unconditionally, and made time for him. You may not have a grandchild yet, but you have an opportunity to love your family unconditionally right now; and give them the time they need right now; and be there for them right now. Don’t moan about the time you spend with family. It’s not wasted time; it’s invaluable, precious and priceless.

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