Our daughter can still make us laugh.
Partly it's because her disability means she has no filters. She just says what she wants to say.
In early October, she said "I'm getting old." Paula said, "Yes, your birthday is coming up...you're gonna be 33. My birthday is in January, and I'm going to be 63. That's old, but I don't feel old." Marie said, "Well, you look it!"
All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. Marie teaches that lesson almost as well as Jesus does. It's a good idea not to get too puffed up, because when you do, something will happen to bring you back down to earth. It has happened to me again and again.
How are your knuckles?
I've heard that you can only understand today's parable from Luke's Gospel if your knuckles are bruised.
Jesus told this story about a widow who was powerless but persistent. She was not getting help, but she kept at it, asking again and again. Luke says Jesus told this parable to encourage us to pray and not give up.
So how are your knuckles?
I've heard that you can only get this parable if your knuckles are bruised and bleeding from pounding on a locked door for a very long time.