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Standing by her SUV, Joyce juggles her suitcase in one arm, camera and purse in the other. Setting them all down, she opens the back of her car and begins to organize.
Nineteen years have passed since her husband died, and the joy for her Lord and her life continue to mirror her soul. With a last deliberate shove, she rearranges the food box she had put in earlier and standd up to see Marlene driving up the driveway. Joyce grins as Marlene jumps out of her car, ready and raring to go. Marlene, a widow for seven years, never lost her joy nor her energetic excitement for life. She continues to shine. Oh, how she does shine.
" Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
After loading her luggage and boxes, they grab a chair and wait. These two know Modree all too well. They have time for a glass of sweet tea and a short talk as they wait for widow number three to show up. Modree lost her husband five years ago, and the joy? Well, all I can say is she truly radiates with the joy of the Lord. Within minutes, she drives up smiling and happy. And why not? They are going on a road trip together in the ‘Widow Wagon.’
What’s the ‘Widow Wagon,’ you ask?
It’s a sign placed on the back window saying just that – ‘Widow Wagon’ – announcing it to all who happen to glance at three God-loving women piled in a SUV headed for a fun destination.
Is it silly? Maybe. Is it fun? Absolutely. Does it make God smile? Without a doubt!!!
Do you have joy in the Lord? Do you glow with His love? Do your eyes sparkle with His reflection?
Joyce, Marlene, and Modree have the joy, in spite of experiencing loss, difficulties, health issues, trauma: all that life can dish out. They know their Savior has a plan, a purpose for their lives and until they take their last breath, they will live the joy.
These three ladies are my aunts. I am blessed. I love their sense of fun, joy and laughter as they do life together in or out of the Widow Wagon.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
What is the secret to their happy life? Gratitude. Gratitude begets joy.
Are they always happy? Heavens no! All flesh and blood have times of sadness, but these three women search for the positive and they find it, express it, and are grateful for it.
So, if you’re driving down the highway and see this sign in the back of an SUV, just give a big ‘ole smile, wave and maybe honk your horn, because you are passing the presence of joy: the joy of the Lord in their souls all bundled up in one special Widow Wagon. You will be blessed, I promise.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13