|Something sweet is in the air. It's not an actual smell... no cookies baking or hot chocolate warming on the stove... but it might as well be that tangible.
As I was walking into the church office I noticed it. The sound of pounding coming from the kitchen. The "God Can" can full of food. Bins of books for Project Read waiting to be distributed. Stomping feet upstairs in Musikgarten. Donations for our care packages for the troops. Operation Christmas Child boxes packed and ready to be sent off to places unknown. Donations for the Gala filling multiple vehicles.
I noticed it at the picnic on Sunday... the smell of smoked meat and hot dogs... the sight of smiling faces, laughter, hugs. I saw it in the pictures that Anne Rhoades sent me from the Butterfly Flutterby, and in the pictures from the Pumpkin Patch.
In addition to all that's just happened, I also feel it in the air when I think of what's coming up. This weekend's Fall Into Missions... the next weekend's Gold Rush Gala... Communion/All Saints Sunday when we'll remember our lost loved ones... Veteran's Day when we'll be packing care packages for our troops... Thanksgiving collections for the GRACE food pantry... holiday gift-giving of bikes and toys and clothes and money for our Villages and beyond.
There is something sweet in the air. It's mission and fellowship and compassion... and it's very, very real. I hope you notice it too. There's something good going on here, and we're all a part of it.
Sometimes it's easy to look around us and see only negative things. But today, I can't look around me and see negative... because we are literally overflowing with wonderful blessings to celebrate! Full to the brim, spilling over and cascading down the sides.