To Read on the Journey

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Friends, yummy food, and a movie under the stars, what a blessing!

Tonight we went to the Lynch's and enjoyed an evening filled with friends (old and new), yummy food, and a movie under the stars. It was a blast!
Thank you John & Barb!

A highlight of the evening was visiting with J.J. Lynch, who just graduated from boot camp.
I was afraid he'd come back so much a man, that I would miss the boy. He is still the boy, but with the sureness of a man, ready for the adventure ahead. I think one of the best things we can do for our children is bless them by speaking words of affirmation and promise over their future (Abe, Jake, and many others in the bible did this). This evening John blessed J.J. by speaking of his delight in him, then ushering him forward with blessing. We all stood by and agreed, and rejoiced with his parents.

I think of the scripture that says; "The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!" Proverbs 23:24-25
I love the exclamation point at the end of that scripture.
The next verse says; "My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.." That is my prayer for J.J. (for all our children), that God will own your heart, and that your eyes will be fixed on him. That your parents will always exclaim as they rejoice in you.


Nikki said...

Great Pictures Denise ! I love the picture of me holding the hot dog, but your right Kayla wouldn't like the way she looked :-) !

Jennifer said...

Isn't it wonderful to see a happy ending of one "era," and the happy beginning of another, from close up? We also spent some time with good friends this weekend, and had fun with their grown kids. Watching them brought me encouragement, just like you were describing in your post.
Sounds like everyone had fun this Labor Day - ah, if only all weekends could be of the 3-day variety!

Filatore said...

Isn't it fun when you sign on and see that people have left comments?

I've been thinking about your comment about Michael and the Whitney. Maybe I need a giant grocery-getter basket that he could ride in? Or some type of little sidecar?

It's never too late to make a donation! For example, anyone reading this post right this instant could simply go to Summit's site (, click on the "Donate Now" link, and painlessly make a contribution on a credit card. Of course, they would also have to put "In support of Spinner's WC ride" in the comment section. A late donation is better than none at all. . .

By the way, I enjoyed your trip to The Azores.

See you in a few weeks.