There is nothing like a wonderful trip to a great place. My time in Chicago proved no exception. I saw old friends, the musical Hamilton, the Chicago Institute and Art Museum, and had dinner on the Pier several evenings. I love being in Chicago Land, but I love being with my family more. So, there is a sense of excitement today as I wait to board the plane. I’m going home!
This visit to the Windy City reminds me that while there are amazing things to see and do in the world, I’d rather have my family with me. They are the great loves of my life. For that, I am truly grateful. My sons and wife remind me that my life has meaning and purpose. While I saw some magnificent paintings (Sunday in the Park just to name one), the most beautiful works of art are the smiles on the faces of my family. They are my greatest masterpieces.
So, today as I wait to board my plane, I give thanks for my stinky sons and my wonderful wife. I consider myself a very blessed man because they love me and give me a sense of belonging. This is what we all long for, to know that our lives matter. My hope is that we all experience this kind of love and acceptance.
Praise to be God that we learn of the Father’s love through the love that others share with us. This is the gift of life, to have people who love us unconditionally. This is what teaches us how to be a better people. May all of us have a glimpse of the Father’s unfailing love. May we experience this joy through the gift of rerlationships with others.