That with distinct pre-eminence retain
By false opinion and contentious thought,
I pulled one of my sons out of bed before lying down to go to sleep that night, just because I wanted to hold him while he was sleeping. That peace and serenity fill my soul with a sense of profound stillness and gratitude, even reverence.
The next morning, I awoke and looked across the bedroom in the darkness. My boys' beds are side by side, and there they were. Literally forehead to forehead, and giggling. I just can't tell you how sweet.
At the end of a morning nap, my other son (not to be confused with the one I had held the night before) woke up. I could hear him jabbering in his bed. I had been lying in bed, too, and I picked him up and snuggled him in next to me for a few moments before his brother woke up. Again, right in the moment, as I was snuggling him in, he just looked at me with a big smile, and just kept right on smiling at me with a sweet, full grin. It was a look that just seemed to say how pleased he was to be able to snuggle, how glad he was I'd picked him up, how much he loved this -- like I do.
I, just like everyone else, have days where life is painful and hard, where everything seems a little bit off and I feel discontented -- to say the least. But, overwhelmingly, I'd have to say that most of the time...
I get a sensation for how good life feels, the people that make it, the love that blesses it, the tender mercies and blessings that fill it, the grace and holiness -- even sacredness -- these moments all have. I feel heaven's attendant blessings, mercy, love and watchcare, and I feel humbled because of these multitudinous gifts from above.