You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 116:11

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When that "Poor Me" song plays in my head, I become my own worst friend! Sound familiar? It surprised me one weekend this summer. I interrupted vacation time with our son and his family, who were visiting from the UK, to fly home from the cottage for an important wedding. My engineer for ten years, Brian, "The Guy," got married! It was totally worth it until the flight back to the empty cottage on Sunday evening. My guests left early that morning to catch a car ferry across Lake Michigan for Wisconsin. They then drove down to Chicago for their flight home "across the pond"!

Keenly aware that I wouldn't see them for perhaps eight months, I spent seven hours traveling and waiting and traveling. I finally arrived at the little airport 30 minutes from the cottage with my car parked for free in the wee lot, and thinking there's no one to meet me, like the others being greeted with signs and hugs. By this time I pictured my son's family driving past my Chicago suburb homestead, which he knew well as a kid and adult. I envisioned them eating at our favorite Walker Bros. Pancake House in Glenview, and then catching their evening flight home. I wasn't exactly feeling sorry for myself having missed the last two days for Brian's wedding, but I was a bit nostalgic.

As I approached my little '95 Mustang convertible, I noticed a paper on the windshield. Could only be a ticket, I thought. Up close, in lettering by my six-year-old granddaughter, was the word "Oma!" It was a note from Sophie saying how much she loved me and closing with, "I can cee u in my hed!" So, I got a hug and a welcome sign! And I needed my Kleenex for the drive back to the cottage. I felt unquestionably loved by the gesture of my son's family stopping by the airport on their way to a very big travel day.

I noticed something unusual as a result. I loved my image in the mirror that night before I went to bed -- tired but joy filled. I usually don't notice. I pay little mind to what I look like. That's not out of disdain; I'm simply occupied with other things. Sophie's note made me feel loved, and I could see that in my face! The Bible tells us this: "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Remember, the truest thing about you is what the Bible says about you. No wonder the Bible includes tons of God's ideas on how to love each other. It also includes His promise to reach through us with that love so it's genuine and unconditional. He knows the way we treat people can make or break them. Incidentally, He holds us responsible for how we treat one another. Especially, when those others are "the least of these." See Jesus' famous discourse in Matthew 25: 31-46 on this point. We could be hosting angels unawares or, imagine this, the Lord Himself.

Just think how you could make someone's day -- maybe without even knowing it -- with a note, a call, or a random act of kindness. I love it when you read this column and listen to the show. And truly, "I can cee u in my hed!" That's your note from me today. Think about it!

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