I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "cheer."
When I first read Kate's word prompt, I kept wanting to put an "s" on the end of her word making it cheers rather than just cheer. Does anyone else remember the tv show "Cheers?" I grew up watching that show. There was Norm, Sam, Cliff, Diane, Woody and others. They gathered at the bar Cheers "where everyone knows your name,"
That is what I loved about the show. It was a community where people gathered together because "everyone knew their name," I love places where people know my name too. The FMF community has become that for me. We have prayed with and for Andrew. We have rejoiced with Tammy and the baptism of her girls. We have cried with each other. We have laughed with each other--even if it has just been on the interwebs.
These people and this place bring cheer into my life. I am so very thankful for the people and places that know my name and who know your name too. But ultimately it is God who knows us by name. God calls and claims us in the waters of baptism naming each of us "children of God." "You are a baptized child of God, whatever else you are; remember that you are that for that is the basis of whatever else you are!"
I lift my glass and give thanks for all the cheer and blessings that God brings into our lives. So cheers to everyone who knows us by name. Cheers for those who have fought for our freedom. Cheers for stories that remind us of the power of the resurrection and new life. Cheers to God's love and grace in our lives. Cheers for each and every one of YOU!