Monday, March 30, 2009

Dinner Guest - Part 1

We are honored to have a very special dinner guest this coming Friday night. Lawrence is his name. I don’t know his last name, his age, where he lives, what he believes, or what he likes or dislikes. I do know he works at Central Market, is from Kenya, has lived in the US for six months, and speaks three languages. I would guess his age to be around 22.

Lawrence checked us out while shopping at Central Market this afternoon. Jacob noticed his name tag stated "Kenya" under his name. He said, “Mom, that’s funny. Last week we had Ethiopia and this week we have Kenya.” Lawrence laughed. We are studying Africa so the kids get excited when they meet somebody from a country we just studied. Sometimes it’s not so easy to know where a person is from. But Lawrence announced it to us right on his tag, so I took full advantage and asked him questions the entire time he checked us out. The way he spoke English, I was shocked to learn he has only been here for six months. So of course I asked and he said he learned it while in college. English is his third language. He also speaks French. He came here alone, lives alone, and is lonely. How do I know he is lonely? I asked him. So we told him goodbye and packed our groceries into the car. I started to reverse out of the parking space when I looked back at the kids and said, “Hey, let’s invite Lawrence to dinner this weekend.” I went back to his checkout line and invited him to dinner. Actually, I told him I was married and that my husband, the kids and I would like to invite him over for an American dinner. Without hesitance, he accepted and told me thank you. I asked him to tell us everything he knows about Kenya when he comes.

I recently read a book titled Fields of the Fatherless by C. Thomas Davis. The book talks about planting seeds of hope in the lives of those in need. A specific line that struck me reads, “One person has the ability to completely revolutionize the life of an abandoned child, a foreigner who is here to study or to work, a single mom, or an elderly widow. Your creative energy could be the very thing that helps her or him keep going and even experience God’s love for the first time.” A living sacrifice starts with being sensitive to those God brings to your attention. I know God brought this young man to my attention. Please pray with me for our time with Lawrence that our family will be a witness of true Christianity to him.

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Piano Girl

Note I got from from Sophie's piano instructor: She did fantastic at the last festival, by the way. You should be very proud of her. It is very hard to get a purple ribbon, Superior + rating!

Jake's four leaf clover

What do you do on a beautiful fall afternoon at Grammy’s house……yep clover hunt. Trust me when I say this is not a symptom of boredom, but rather a game of hide and seek with nature. Jake loves to climb the 60 foot tall pines near the front porch and then scour about for the mystical four leaf clover. This particular afternoon mission was accomplished with trusty side kicks Grammy, Sophie, and Viv. The hunt lasted less than an hour and the reclusive clover didn’t stand a chance with such a seasoned team. The latent joy of such a find might be missed any other place, but not at Grammy’s house.

History of the four-leaf clover:

The four leaf clover is a universally accepted symbol of good luck with its origin ages old. According to legend, Eve carried a four leaf clover from the Garden of Eden.

"The clovers also occupied a position in the cultural life of early peoples. White clover in particular was held in high esteem by the early Celts of Wales as a charm against evil spirits." Clover Science and Technology". N.L. Taylor, 1985.

Druids held the 4 leaf clover in high esteem and considered them a sign of luck. In 1620, Sir John Melton wrote: "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.

The mystique of the four leaf clover continues today, since finding a real four leaf clover is still a rare occurrence and omen of good luck.