Friday, May 09, 2008


Spoiled, adjective, treated with excessive indulgence

I am truly spoiled beyond all wild imaginings.

I have all the basics to the point where I take them for granted. My pantry is full. I am warm and sheltered. I feel safe and know of so many people who are employed to care for me (police, hospital staff etc.) should I become unsafe and many more who would care, help, even pray if they know how, were I to face any real danger or upset (family, friends, church community etc.). I am loved.

The abundance with which I have been blessed is almost ridiculous.

I confessed to Beloved there will be no elaborate dinner tonight to accompany the lighting of our Sabbath candles, and he offered to buy pizza on the way home.

I called my Mum to let her know that the home loan was approved, and she offered to pay for a commercial cleaner to come through and clean this house after we move out.

I shopped for my favourite things, books of course, online the other night, and bought them without having to weigh up survival, or even comfort, against such a luxury. The decision was simply books, or a more comfortable bra. There will be money for underwear another time!

I have talked to two good friends today, and my Mum, and my husband, and my children. I expect to talk to more people who I love and who love me before I go to sleep. I will speak to them, and take it for granted that I will be able to speak to them next week, and the week after, and the week after that. But I will still take time to tell them that I love them.

I picked up my Bible and read to the Children this morning. We discussed theology (Divine Advocacy today) at their level and sang and prayed before plunging into the day - with no fear of danger or retribution.

We had a picnic on the grass just because we can, the dishwasher and the washing machine continuing with our household chores.

If you are as spoiled as I am, please join me in helping those who aren't quite as spoiled at the moment. Avoid becoming badly spoiled (adjective, having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention)

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