Welcoming the Embrace

In my last post which was at the beginning of this month, Entitled “Little people BIG hearts” I wrote about how some children have made their way into my heart and my life.
The little man that has stolen my heart calls me “Ms. Caffrine” (he’s 2 with a good size vocabulary) with the biggest smile and dazzling eyes. It amazes me how the LORD is showing me that we need people of all generations in our lives because we all have something that the other needs. To have a little person wrap their whole little self around my leg just because, brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Funny, I remember my kids doing it to me and I am so grateful that I embraced each one. I have probably given intellectual assent to this fact concerning the need for one another but it is difficult to embrace and live it out in our often compartmentalized and age segregated society.

Long ago in a book read by people who know they need help, I read that as human being not only do we need food, clothing, and shelter in order to really live but we also need to live in “the light of God’s reality” and I would say that the love of God is a great part of that reality and that we experience it most profoundly by loving and being loved by each other. This toddler loves me just for being me and I love him because he is himself. He is teaching me all over again to delight in another’s beingness.

Some day in the near future this little guy is going to know how to pronounce the “th” in my name just like his big sisters do. But “Caffrine” will linger in my mind for a while. I am not in a rush to become a grandparent so I wasn’t even looking for an opportunity to be a part of little people’s lives, but this dear family was praying for some older folks to be a part of their lives and it is humbling that God would choose Dan and me.

How is someone showing you the love that lifts your spirit and helps you find yourself again?


Published by: Catherine Mullaney

First and foremost, I am a child of the Living God who is found as One God in Three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. I have been married to the same man for over 25 years, together we have three adult children. I love my family and God’s and I know that both are trying to love me. Over my lifetime, I hope that I have also been a good friend, faithful citizen of the Kingdom, thoughtful, kind, open, and that I will continue to do so by God’s grace. If you were to look at my weekly calendar, you might describe my life as diverse so no one can stick me in the Christian box or the recovery box or any box for that matter. People don’t belong in boxes anyway. I am grateful to be human. I enjoy living in New England. I love a great game of golf, catching a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, a good book, to write with pen and paper, fruitful conversations, to sing and dance, to walk. One of my signatures in this life is my laugh and I love to “sign.”

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