Dear incredible reader,
Some things defy expression: sunrise over the Pacific, giggling children in turquoise waves, pineapple bushes and coconut trees, sand in toes and clothes and every. single. place. you step (inside & out!), and vacations that line up so perfectly you look at your spouse several times each day to say "Can you believe all this?"
And the only appropriate response when given such a gift--whether
a newborn baby, or a home, or a trip like this one--is to fully live
it. To unwrap and receive gratefully--without trying to figure it out,
without thinking we don't really deserve it, without saying "Oh, you shouldn't have."
There should be only one response to a lavish gift--whether it's a full moon by the shore or the hand of someone you love in yours.
The appropriate response to a lavish gift is lavish thanks.
"Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"
~ Matthew 7: 9-11