eastwind journals 56
An inspiring story
When I was a kid, my mom would prepare special breakfast every now and then. I remember one morning when my dad walked into the dining room looking like a hurricane victim, after a long hard day at work the previous day. My mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and burnt toast in front of him. I waited for my dad’s reaction to the burnt black toast, but there was none. He reached for it, smiled at my mom, and asked me how my day was at school. I don’t remember my reply because I was such in fear of a looming war. He smeared butter and jelly on the black toast and ate every bite with relish.When I got up from the table, I heard my mom apologize to my dad for the burnt toast. I will never forget his reply, “Honey, I loved the toast.” Later, when we were alone, I asked dad if he really liked the burnt toast. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your mom had a hard day yesterday just like me. She went for groceries, paid bills at the bank, weeded the garden, and so on. Besides, burnt toast never hurt anyone. You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people.
“I am not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I have learned over the years is to accept each others’ faults and to celebrate each others’ differences, which are important keys to creating a healthy, growing and lasting relationship. And this is my prayer –
“that we all learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our lives and lay them at the feet of the Lord because in the end He’s the only One who can give us a relationship where burnt toast is not really a big deal understanding and open-ness are the essence of any relationship be it husband-wife, parent-child, or friends don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket keep it in your own and don’t you ever forget to eat burnt toast when it passes your way because you will discover that that is a golden opportunity to eat something spiritually delicious and filling” anonymous from the Internet rewritten by eastwind ________________________ for more inspirationals visit http://www.sisterraquel.com for prayer requests especially from the terminally sick send email to firstname.lastname@example.org the Lord reigns in cyberspace amdg