Like a lot of days this week, I was gone most of the day. How could I have known it would be the day Jesus would arrive??! :)
Caleb, however was home all day - he's been sick for the past week with...something. Even the doctor isn't exactly sure what. The flu? Bronchitis? Anyway...feeling bad enough that he sleeps a lot and feels crummy.
While I was gone, and he was taking a nap, the doorbell started ringing. It rang...and it rang...and it rang. In a semi-state of consciousness, Caleb didn't have it in him to get up and answer it...but he knew who it was. No one else rings the doorbell like that. He said she rang for fifteen minutes.
Later in the day however, when he was up and about, the doorbell rang again. This time he answered.
It was Jesus. Well...sort of! :)
It was the promised "Jesus" needlepoint by our dear neighbor lady! She had just finished it last night, washed it, and laid it out to dry by their stove for the night. When morning came, she could hardly wait to bring it over! That's why she started ringing the doorbell at 9. Hey...it could've been earlier! She's been known to be at our door by 6 AM!
She of course wanted to see Dave and I, to give us her work of art. But since we weren't home, she gave it to Caleb and said she'd be back to see us later.
And she was...three times! Finally on the third time, I was home and could adequately and appropriately respond to this love gift of hers.
As I was hugging her and kissing her, telling her how beautiful it was, I wish you'd been there to see and hear her giggle! Pure delight! I don't know if she's had many of those kinds of moments in her life of being enjoyed and appreciated. It brought me great joy to give to her in that way.
Dave's in the States so wasn't here to see it. But you can bet she'll be back next week to check in and see what he thinks about it, and we'll again gush and thank her all over again for it then!
She says she can't wait to see it framed, and wants to know where we'll put it in the house.
Will have to do some thinking about that. I've never had a picture of Jesus on my wall before...don't know yet what I think about that!
But I do know...this was her expression of love to us, done out of her love for Jesus, and I value that very much. So I'll find a spot and cherish her priceless gift!