Notes from Jan

Homemade Hope

January 5, 2017

A few hours after my last post, our family and another gathered in the living room of a home in the Berkshires to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

After a day outdoors, it was good for the youngest and heartiest to stay home.  I’d  spent the day inside, by a warming fire, reflecting on a year gone by.

While parents prepared dinner, the children rehearsed for the evening’s entertainment, a talent show.   All would participate, adults and children.

As a Baptist preacher’s kid, my experience with New Year’s Eve services was potlucks, testimonies and prolonged prayer. We called them Watch Night Services.

As I watched this evening’s preparations I prepared for Broadway, not the Baptist way.

But God doesn’t like boxes and showed up for Mexican food, all talents, then touched out hearts when, 5 year old Nadia stepped forward and sang all the verses of Louis Armstrong’s classic, What a Wonderful World.

I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by, I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, they’re really saying, I LOVE YOU.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more than I’ll never know and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Thank you, sweet Nadia, for singing us into the New Year with a reminder, truer than the nightly news.

It’s a wonderful world.

Thank you for some homemade hope.






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  • Reply susan January 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Happy New Year and stay warm! xoxo

  • Reply Niffy January 5, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Happy New Year to you! What a wonderful way to celebrate!

  • Reply Wendy January 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    A talent show! Fabulous! Thankful for your family times!

  • Reply Radina Welton January 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    The children step forth every time. What a blessing grandchildren are!

  • Reply Dale Lefever January 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    It still is “our Father’s world,” and I am comforted that He still loves His creation and is eager to show us what it was intended to be like from the beginning.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply Nancy Sheys January 7, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Indeed it is a wonderful world! Straight out of the mouth of a baby! You and I have so much to live for and be thankful for everyday and in everyway! Happy New Year, Jan! God is good, always!!!!

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