HAPPIEST DAY

Bloganuary January 17: Describe the happiest day in your life.

Earlier this evening I was watching TV with Sammy. A news item came on with this lovely girl hardly bigger than a mite shown sitting on the deck of a boat. Was the name Anna Walsh? I think so, maybe. Any way she is now missing. Immediately behind her the police came out a door with a big brute of a guy handcuffed. Her husband. I said, “I wonder if she had insurance.”

Whether or not she did, whether or not he was responsible for her missing, it would have really been easy to just give her a little shove. (Today’s news reveals an even more gruesome ending to her life.)

There was an inset of the couple on their wedding day. I said, “That was probably the happiest day of her life.” Her life was short; she hadn’t had much time for many “happiest days.”

All that to say that many people would describe the wedding day as the happiest day of their lives.

Whoa now. That would be sad for a person like me who has been married almost seventy years.

No, the happiest day of my life is occurring at the present time. Each morning when I wake again, turn my head to the light and say “Thank you, Jesus, for another day.” And in spite of doctor’s visits, wobbly legs, sagging skin, and bloody nose, tonight as I snuggle in my covers, fluff my pillow, and turn off the light, I plan to make my last thoughts go to Him in gratitude as I remember that Jesus “never had a place to lay his head.”

I have a place to lay my head, and so much more.

I had a happy childhood with stable people who walked the way they they talked.

I’ve had a wedding day and a generally happy 69 years with a good man.

I’ve had two days during which I held my brand new baby boys.

I’ve had five graduation days, most of which gave honor to my scholastic achievements.

I’ve had delightful experiences during which I could share teaching strategies and experiences.

I’ve had medical “miracles” that have resulted in active years beyond what could be expected.

I’ve had the opportunity to form new friend ships from many parts of the world.

I’ve had amazing experiences of intimacy with my Lord Jesus Christ.

How can I possibly choose a “happiest” day among all these!

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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12 Responses to HAPPIEST DAY

  1. Five graduation days! Wow! You are amazing. And thank you for this inspiring post which reminds us that we have a lot to be grateful of. Each day is a blessing. God is good. God bless you.🙏

  2. granonine says:

    I hear you, Oneta, loud and clear. What a wonderful testimony!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I know you are in agreement that if we walk in the path God prepares for us, it is filled with delight. Even when days were filled with anguish, there was comfort beyond understanding. Reminds me of Joni’s story.

  3. Kim Smyth says:

    My thoughts exactly! When you live what I consider a blessed life, how do you pick a happiest day?! We all need that reminder to thank God for every day, accomplishment, and happiness we have! 🤗☺️

    • oneta hayes says:

      Every Day with Jesus is Sweeter Than the Day Before. I might have referenced that song to you before. I remember putting it on a comment to someone. I just hope younger people understand that my testimony is to help guide them in the Light. The burdens are so much lighter with Jesus as one’s “yoke mate.”

  4. Every day with Jesus is another day in paradise. Blessings to you. God is with you.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I very much want to be a lighthouse beaconing the lost to come to the Light. I don’t know that I reach many at the beginning of their journey, but I can only jump in to help when circumstances allow. I trust Jesus to make me sensitive to those opportunities.

  5. Jacquie says:

    Indeed! Our happpiest day is in eternity, Oneta! Life’e happys are fleeting – but let us enjoy and savor each one as it comes!

  6. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this blog. Wonderful thoughts, wonderful words, wonderful life. God bless.

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