~BIG FAT RASPBERRY MUFFINS~
All day Sunday and well into the late evening I must admit to you that I was a bit out-of-sorts. Grief will do that to you I guess. I suppose that should be expected when you hear the kind of sad news we were given yesterday morning. Still...as I worked my way into the light of a new day I found my heart reflecting over the past eighteen years and how the goodness of God and His endless blessings in my life always prevail. A single but comforting thought kept pressing into my heart and for whatever the reason I just couldn't get away from it...
"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
~GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN
I read once that we cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. It's said that finding a true friend is like filling a vessel drop by drop until, like a series of kindnesses to the heart, there is at last one which makes it flow over. Today my heart is running over for even through sorrow and loss, goodness and love remains.
~REMEMBERING TEA with THEE~
When I know ahead of time of a visiting friend, I make Raspberry Muffins in the kitchen of my La Chaumière de Briarwood. Miss Marion and I indulged in both chamomile tea and in these yummy little confections at least three dozen times during the eighteen plus years we spent as neighbors. Out of love and gratitude and in the spirit of friendship I decided to bake up a final batch of our favorite treats to honor my amazing, longtime friend...
Around eleven A.M. I walked across the street to extend my sympathies to Miss Marion's hubby and family. As usual the door swung wide, and warm smiling faces welcomed me in. I realized in an instant that although sadness was indeed in the air, Miss Marion's family refused to view her passing as anything less than an opportunity to see God...
Incredibly, they had chosen JOY!
After visiting for a few minutes, I returned back home and immediately set about preparing myself a cup of chamomile tea. I pulled a simple white plate from my cupboard and on it placed the one lone Raspberry Muffin I had originally set aside for a 'future' special day.
"Today is special enough!" I thought....
"Yes it is!"
Today I choose JOY!
Thank you for your precious comments yesterday.
(You bless me!)
Love to you...