Liz Benigno

a view from the porch

Fiddle Figs and Treasure Maps

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photo by Susie Davis ~

My friend Susie came over the other day bearing gifts; bit of red wine, salami, cheese and crackers (my favorites).  We sat and chatted, cried a bit, shared stories.  Chemo had hit me particularly hard this time around and I wasn't wanting to walk on the sunny side of the street.  I laid there tucked under the blanket, bald head peering out, fully embracing the exhaustion. Susie grabbed my phone and starting walking around.  "What are you doing?" I asked.  "Nothing" she replied.  She was snapping photos.  "You know your house has amazing light"  Ya, whatever... I wasn't in the mood to appreciate.  

The next day a BIG box arrived on my front porch, a gift from very dear old college friends.  Inside were 11 gifts tied up in paper and pink ribbon, along with a map of Houston, their hometown.  On the map were dots marking their favorite spots around Houston each with a corresponding number to a gift.  An actual treasure map of gifts.  Steve and I delighted in reading the map's clues, opening each gift and seeing what treasure laid inside.

And then I remembered. At the beginning of this journey my friend and pray partner Jodi told me, "On days when you can't offer praise and thanksgiving I will stand in for you and offer praises on your behalf.  I will thank the Lord for all you have and for all you are."  There are moments when I can't/won't see what is good in my life.  But my friends will. They will remind me that I live in a home full of beauty and light.  They will remind me of God's lovingkindness by sending me treats through the mail. They will remind me by standing in my stead and shouting joys of acclamation.

Who can you help remind that life is beautiful?  And if you are the one in need of encouragement who will He send to remind you that life is beautiful?

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.   Ecclesiastes 4:9-10