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A Sig Blessing

Pretty much every Sunday morning 12 – 15 Blessings (yes, with a capital “B”) walk in my back door for breakfast. It’s a casual affair, usually some kind of fruit, sometimes yogurt and some kind of bread-type food.  I’ve learned that it’s important to have coffee ready but it’s even more important that we have something toast-able and that the toaster must be able to handle everything being stuffed into it. I don’t know why, but it is.

The Blessings are the young adults from my church who are out of high school, getting post-secondary education or launching themselves into a new career. It’s all very exciting to be a witness to these big decisions and events in their lives. Trust me; it’s worth the breakfast to be around them.

Besides breakfast, the other reason they come is to have some relevant, Bible-based discussion. During breakfast there is a lot of teasing, laughter and jostling for position at the toaster but then, whoever is leading gets their attention and the dialogue begins.  I go into the wings at this point, usually to my study down the hall. I figure this is their time and they don’t need my opinions.   I’ve had a chance to chat with each of them as arrive and I get caught up with them as we have maneuvered around each other in the kitchen.

Some people (okay, my mom), have said things like “I don’t know why (or how) you do it”. To which I have usually said “But it’s something I enjoy doing”. Really, why wouldn’t I do this? I am reminded every Sunday that there are young people who want to do good things. They are trying to live their faith in the real world and Sundays are a time to huddle, re-evaluate and encourage each other. When they do this, they are encouraging me too. It gives me hope for mankind when I hear them praying for each other, for our church and our country. These are our future leaders.

Two years ago, in the matter of months, three out of my four children left home. They all had valid reasons (marriage, education, jobs, moving to another city), however, the silence that followed was deafening. My Sunday morning Blessings help me stay connected to that generation and occasionally, offer computer/technology-related assistance.  Although this is a plus, they do know I love them for more than their expertise. And I know they love me for more than my toaster.

The new 4-slice model (a Christmas gift from the Blessings) that continues to be the centre of attention on Sunday mornings

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