Next, the tragic blast in West, Texas. This one hit way too close to home for me. In college, I may or may not have dated someone who is from that very small sleepy town and spent more than my desired weekends looking at cotton fields, checking for aphids and riding around in a red pick up truck with a few stops at the Czech bakery just for fun. Of course, those weekends wouldn't be complete without the softball tournaments at the Knights of Columbus Hall that included their fare share of Keg's - followed up by Sunday Mass to forgive all those sins. Small towns are funny places I learned - places that are like today's version of "Cheers" ... where everyone really does know your name. In any case, this week was a week of wondering over many people who touched my life during that time including that gentleman who now is married, with children and still calls West/Abbott home. Since I don't make it a point to keep up with old flames, I can only pray that the Lord protected he and his family, extended family and the many friends that I once called mine. But, alas, once again - in the midst of such tragedy, the beauty of God's goodness has been seen in the stories that are continuing to unfold. Even in the loss ... He is there.
Love always wins!
Add to my week, I was down with the most awful stomach bug. Literally, that little booger took me out of the game. Stuck right between those two events ... what made for one depressing week.
My little highlight, my amazing husband who took care of my kids, fed everyone, did laundry and made sure I got what I needed. He even went to the store for chicken noodle soup ... bless his heart. The store ... Not his favorite chore. God is too sweet to give me such a love. See!! Love always wins!
As I drove down the highway of 281 today, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by the beauty of bright yellow wild flowers that overtook the median of the road. Literally a burst of color that only could be created and perfectly displayed by a God who knows that in the ugliness of the world ... he still wants us to know of his beauty.
I so wanted to stop and take a picture of those flowers, but the image in my mind has gotten me to think of the other beautiful images he has given me throughout this week.
Indeed, love always does win! I have so much beauty around me. Here's just a few of some sweet and beautiful moments of my week. What about you? Where did you see his fingerprints and beautiful displays by his hand?