The bathroom radio perched on my vanity table played uplifting Christian songs as I hunted in the drawer for my mascara. I turned up the volume while I listened to a female calling in responding to the disc jockey's question; the course of my day changed with her message.
The question: What are you thankful for? The caller responded how she had been in an accident a few years ago. She sustained head injuries and lost some memory.
“I’m thankful for the accident. I can’t remember the details of a hurtful time in my past so instead of rehearsing old wounds, I now spend more time praising God for saving my life. I’m not bitter anymore.”
Her courage to admit that spoke volumes. I imagine I’m one of many listeners who took inventory of my soul to make sure I get rid of all bitterness as the holiday season begins. It is freeing to welcome the upcoming days to Christmas with a clean heart.
Each heart knows its own bitterness
and no one else can fully share its joy.
I hope my stateside friends enjoyed a fattening Thanksgiving holiday and you ate so much your jeans fit tight like mine. We gathered with our family for four days cooking and baking, strolling through the shops at Los Abrigados with the children sipping hot chocolate while we admired the lights and Christmas decorations in Sedona.
Bruno behaved remarkably well with the kids. They gave him a workout, and he slept a lot when they left!
More family arrived in town yesterday to help us celebrate Tom’s birthday. We chose The Manzanita Restaurant with authentic German cuisine. We rarely frequent the fancier spots in town, but everyone gave the place, “thumbs up” and I enjoyed the guitarist who played 60’s and 70’s songs. Tom photographed his choice: Olivia Pasta Primivera.
In the morning, we drove to Old Town for breakfast. Afterward, we peeked in the shops for bargains. Tom’s cousin and wife posed with us.
By the way, our family chose Honanki Trail for the family photo this year. We had a blast as we left civilization behind and caravan-ed for miles into Nowhereville. The photo shoot left us with frozen cheeks from smiling so big. The photographer loved our family and sent us a teaser of our grandchildren.
I patiently wait to see her finished work in that ancient spot amidst the beautiful red rock backdrop.
My heart is full and I am thankful for all that I have as I pause and reflect at this time of year. Friendship is important to me, and I think of you, my blogging friends, and smile.