01 November 2010

full.

to the good people of mmc,

your tenderness toward my parents is the stuff of legends.

thank you for loading my dad up with trail mix, and for besieging their doorstep with gifts, and for your eager willingness to supply both the paint and the labor to refinish their walls. thank you for carrying their hearts with buoyant affirmation, both spoken and written.

thank you for hearing their pie-in-the-sky yearning to see the grandkids, and answering with webcams, for them and us both.

thank you for honoring my dad as a pastor still, even though it’s been a good nine years since his stroke. and for that matter, thank you for carrying our family then, for braving that uncertain shaky terrain and never once letting go.

thank you for praying big and loving fierce and smiling with an earnestness that still feels like home to me. despite my leanings toward autonomy, ‘tis not always a breeze to do life some five thousand miles from my mom and dad. but i find rest knowing they keep good company in each one of you.

you are Jesus in sweet island skin, and you pour my heart so full.

mahalo nui loa,
nicki

7 comments:

emily wierenga said...

oh, this makes my heart brim full... your love for your parents is holy and pure. you honor them. xo

Kimberly said...

Echo Emily...brim full heart.

Sami Jo said...

what a beautiful acknowledgement.
with tear-filled eyes, Sami Jo

hotflashmamaknowsbest said...

Love, love, love it. They are truly showing Agape love to them. They are meeting some of the real needs and heart desires of your mom and dad
I wish that churches realized that appreciating their ministry team doesn't always mean money or gifts. It may mean stepping into a ministry that needs to be filled, or doing some of those odd jobs that the pastor does--- making coffee, checking the bathrooms or sweeping away cobwebs on Sunday mornings. My list could go on... :-)

lulu and family said...

a "full" thank you note. so good to know your loved ones are so sweetly, fully loved. thanks for sharing, nicole. and i want to share one of your lines; i think others will be blessed like i am.=)

deb said...

wow. again.
this brought tears.

hotflashmamaknowsbest said...

Love, love, love it. They are truly showing Agape love to them. They are meeting some of the real needs and heart desires of your mom and dad
I wish that churches realized that appreciating their ministry team doesn't always mean money or gifts. It may mean stepping into a ministry that needs to be filled, or doing some of those odd jobs that the pastor does--- making coffee, checking the bathrooms or sweeping away cobwebs on Sunday mornings. My list could go on... :-)