This is a very special day, but then, isn’t every day? I mean I have nothing I HAVE to do. I read my Bible, walked on the treadmill and met a friend for lunch.
Meeting a friend for lunch is where my day changed. First you have to understand I love odd places to eat. I actually enjoy “hole in the wall” kind of places. We had agreed to eat at The Grateful Bread, it has another name but I can never remember it. It’s vegetarian and they serve great soup and since it’s only 17 degrees I thought soup sounded good. Well, they were closed, they are always closed on Monday and Tuesday and get this, they are only open for lunch. The place is owned and operated by a couple and their son, I would guess the parents were hippies in their day. Who am I trying to kid, they still are by all appearances. Their food is great.
I decided to move along and agreed to meet my friend another day. I stopped at Open Harvest, a health food store and co-op. They have yummy food there also. I had Indian Curry Soup, a scone and some sweet potato, again a glorious meal. The best part of the whole thing was the people I ate with. I didn’t know any of them but felt like we were forever friends.
The first lady looked over at an older couple and informed them and me that she finished her last chemo treatment yesterday. We all congratulated her and wished her well. The male part of the older couple told us he is recovering from a stroke and again we all congratulated him and told him how well he looked. He then let us know they had been snowed in and without electricity for days, their wood stove had kept them warm.
What I want to tell you is this. . .Each of my new friends had such a great attitude, they were tickled to be alive and they were thankful for small and big things. They bragged about how hard the crews were working to clear the snow, they saw a young woman who use to work at Open Harvest they treat her like a long-lost friend. I felt so good sitting there chatting with them, I felt like I belonged. I actually almost asked them when they would be back and I would meet them again. As I left the store we all waved goodbye.
Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4
I don’t know if these “friends” are believers, I would like to think they are. They acted like I think believers should act, they were thankful, happy, rejoicing, finding good in others, not complaining. They had joy written on their wrinkled faces.
It was a good day even if 2 blocks of tofu, 1 dozen eggs and lunch cost me over $14.00.
It was worth the price.