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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)
TITLE: The Moon in My Hands
By Fern Brown
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Once in a blue moon, prim and proper Aunt Monique, an old maid by choice, visited her only niece. Shelly and her children scurried through the house, giving it a final touch, as Monique’s petite frame exited the Porsche, large bag in hand, and waved off her driver.
She bounced up the driveway in her classy blue heels and matching tailored suit. The only evidence of aging was a few silver strands in a fashionable up do framing her smiling face.
“It’s so good to see you, Aunt Monie. Thank you for taking time to visit.”
Shelly’s three children interrupted with squeals of delight, and hugs and kisses, almost knocking Auntie off her feet. Prim and proper faded into the distant background as she grabbed them, giving each of them the biggest bear hugs she could, laughing gently all the while. These were her favorite people in the whole world.
Shelly prepared drinks and a snack while Aunt Monique presented the little ones with gifts from her recent trip to Sweden. They tore open the presents, laid them aside and nestled snuggly beside her and on her lap. Aunt Monique’s soft voice captivated their attention with stories of her travels to foreign places. Shelly fondly remembered her own childhood visits with her mother’s only sister. “Mother”, she thought sadly. Laughter erupted, bringing her back to the present.
“Aunt Monique, Children, let’s eat.” She used her favorite Wal-Mart coffee mugs and paper plates to serve her family after they bowed their heads and thanked God for His blessings.
“Oh, Darling Child, how thoughtful!” Aunt Monie exclaimed. “Once in a blue moon I get to live a simple life with people who don’t care about my money. What would my comrades think if they saw me drinking tea from a coffee mug, and eating carrot cake on a paper plate?”
Shelly’s parents disowned their only child when she married Charlie, a hard worker with a small bank account. Monique applauded her and tried to fill the gap in Shelly’s life as often as she could.
The children ran to watch a new video from their great aunt, allowing time for adult conversation. “Shelly, you are blessed beyond measure with a good husband who loves you for yourself. You have a sweet, precious family. You did the right thing in forsaking money. It doesn’t buy happiness.”
Shelly waited quietly.
Her aunt continued. “I never mentioned I loved a good Christian man, many moons ago, did I? Jed was as poor as a church mouse then so I wasn’t allowed to marry the only man I ever loved. You are much wiser than I was. You chose to marry the love of your life even though it cost you so much. Do you have any regrets?”
“Oh, Aunt Monie, I feel like Charlie placed the moon in my hands! I wouldn’t trade what I have for all the money in the world. We have happiness with each other, but better than that we have the Lord. We pray for Him to meet our needs and He does. It is hard sometimes, but we manage. We grow through the tough times”
“Yes, you have grown into a lovely, elegant woman – even in thrift store clothes. You are beautiful, my dear. I talk to your parents once in a blue moon. Believe it or not, they ask about you. They love you but don’t know how to make amends.”
“Do you have any suggestions, Auntie?”
“I do. I’m about to drop a bombshell on them, myself. I ran into Jed in Australia last month, after all these years. He didn’t marry either. He’s a wealthy man now, but money hasn’t changed his Christian standards. I’m so thankful you introduced me to Jesus. If you hadn’t, Jed wouldn’t have asked me to marry him next month. We’ll visit your parents and tell them about Jesus. We’ll explain how happy you are without money, and how we were cheated out of a lifetime of love with each other – because of money. We’re praying that, for once in a blue moon, they’ll understand the finest thing in life is love, not money.”
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