Many years ago the Lord impressed on my heart the importance of quality time with my parents. Even though we were next-door neighbors, life was busy enough that it was easy for several weeks to go by without having quality, individual talking time. As I asked the Lord for the solution, He encouraged me to simply make a plan and then use it. So we began going out to eat together once a week on a designated day.
A couple of years into that, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Those lunches out became even more valuable to my heart. Before long, he needed a walker to get around so we took that walker with us to help him get into the restaurant and back to the car.
Then my dad’s health deteriorated to where he needed a wheel chair. Just a few months before that, Steve and I had begun doing some weight lifting for exercise. Little did I know that was going to prepare me to be able to lift a wheel chair into and out of the trunk of a car so I could still take my dad and mom out for our weekly lunch date. That was one of the two times a week he would get out.
Now that he is gone, my mom and I still have our weekly lunches out. Then we stop at the grocery store together on the way home. I am very grateful that Lord encouraged me to invest in relationships that were and are important and special to me.
Trusting in Jesus,
“Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.”