The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Children are a blessing…’ Psalm 127:3 CEV

If you’ve forgotten how well off you are to have your family, read this: ‘I’d finally had it. The children were loud, irritable and impossible. I was tired and fed up. My wife was tired and fed up. So I decided to run away from it all and have a day just for me; a day in which I did what I wanted. I was going to live it up and be as greedy as I pleased. I wasn’t going to tend to anybody but myself. I zoomed out of the house with $50. "There, I did it." I said to myself as I drove to the highway and headed north. Well, I went to a shopping centre, had a great time in a bookstore and bought the collected poems of Walt Whitman. Afterwards, I drove to McDonald’s and ordered two hamburgers, my own large fries and my own large cola. I ate everything without being interrupted, without wiping anyone’s mouth, nose or bottom. Then I ate the biggest chocolate ice cream I could find. I was free! I was out of town! So I drove to the cinema and watched a film without buying popcorn, without someone sitting on my lap, without escorting someone to the bathroom. I was a free man. I was living it up – and I was miserable. By the time I returned home, everyone was asleep. As I slipped into bed my wife whispered, "We missed you." I answered, "Me too." I never ran away from home again!’

SoulFood: Matt 5:4, Is 51:1-16, Ps 30, 2 Cor 1:3-7

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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