A friend who doesn’t get the Hallmark channel gave me two blank VCR tapes a few weeks ago. Would I tape some of the fun Christmas fare she’d been hearing about? (You might call us junkies for good old fashioned movies. Especially Christmas. 🙂 )
Kellie Martin / The Christmas Ornament
I caught a few new fav’s (The Christmas Ornament, the most touching and fun of this year’s offering, to me) , a couple of cute but corny others. I was waiting to finish off the tapes as soon as a certain one I’d run across on another channel repeated, knowing she and her girls would love it too. Kept checking, but wasn’t seeing it. Finally, there it was – at noon this last Sunday. Perfect.
I might’ve waited until seeing her next to give them to her, but something kept nudging. Let her know they’re ready. May be a good time for a cheering movie nite.
Usually, I’d have dropped them back to her myself, but I knew it was a frazzled Thanksgiving weekend, her college daughter snatching a too brief visit and having to get back to another state that night…
Finally, I decided to email… If she’d like to stop by for them anytime after 2:30, I’d be home… but not really expecting she might, since things were definitely hectic.
“Can’t stay long,” she murmured, stepping just inside. Before she arrived, I’d been feeling frustrated and mulling all the things weighing me down right now, including a few concerns she and I share, under a cloud of sorts. But there’s something about being a listener and a cup-holder of someone else’s tea and story that brushes aside your own and ignites a flame under a warm kettle of intercession…
We stood and opened hearts and joined hands of purpose and care.
Finally, wiping her eyes… thanking me again for the movies, telling me how much one daughter was looking forward to them… she said in teeth-gritted tone, “I wasn’t going to talk about any of this –” and laughingly, “Aren’t you glad I stopped by?”
Mm… yes, I thought. Because if we can only be there for fun and laughter, never hold each other close in the tears, what good is friendship?
I laughed back. “Well, I think I’m just going to go pray for the next two hours!” I said, to encourage, more than half serious. So many people and situations needing His arms right now. O Lord, sing your songs of victory, comfort and joy over us… Hold us close so we don’t miss your heartbeat…
Ebenezer Stones of HOPE. Sometimes they are as simple as fresh-baked-cookie thank you’s. The gift of a few movies chosen and taped from and for the heart. Hands and spirits joined in prayer. And knowing someone else has got your back.
She shot me an email a couple days later. “OHHHHHH… We loved, loved, loved The Christmas Ornament! ” Oh yeah. Movie junkies who think alike. 🙂
You’re next! Any Ebenezer Stones In Your Path This Week? Share a bit of ebby-encouraging in your comments…
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Here are two “Ebenezer Stone Stories” I’ve read from fellow bloggers this week, though they may not be referring to them that way:
- From Anne at her blog, A Ready Listener: http://areadylistener.blogspot.com/2013/12/an-ordinary-tuesday.html
- From Shelly Miller, at Redemption’s Beauty… another slant on the Ebenezer Stone story – to my way of thinking – in her thankfulness to friends in this blogging world who encouraged her to see what seemed impossibly frustrating in a fresh light: http://redemptionsbeauty.com/2013/12/05/redeem-good-bad-day/
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