Hoping to share the love, joy, and grace I have received in my own life.


on June 11, 2015

Trevor was such a brilliant young man. I have wonderful memories of conversations he and I had and those that I heard him have with others. He was so smart. Just a few days before he died, I remember him having a conversation with my dad and my step-mom at my grandparent’s house about his latest reads, both Homer epic novels, The Iliad and The Odyssey.  As I overheard the conversation, I remember thinking what a gift Trevor had and what a gift he was. Gifts come in all kinds of packaging. Have you ever had a pet that would bring dead carcasses to your door step? A cat retrieves a mouse and brings it to you…it is a gift. Children that pick the most beautiful weeds and look at you loving as they gift them to you? We all have intrinsic gifts, whether it be music, writing, caring for others, etc.  I took so many gifts for granted in my life. Gifts God gave to me and gifts I received from others. I have learned so many lessons from Trevor’s life and death. I wish I had learned them another way. The gift of a sunrise, a note of gratitude or love from a friend or family member, flowers blooming, and those intrinsic gifts that myself and people around me possess are all beautiful gifts. Being able to see the gift in so many things leaves me feeling renewed, restored, refreshed. Look around you today. What gifts are in your life? It is easy to take them for granted, particularly if you don’t view them as gifts. I am thankful for the lesson to appreciate all that I am surrounded by.  One of my son’s gifts to me was opening my eyes and even more so, my heart to all that God gives to each of us. This is a beautiful life. Each day we are blessed to live it. Every day is a gift. I can’t even count all of the gifts I receive, see, or am able to give on a daily basis. This is a lesson I am thankful for.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16


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