When making lemonade it's best to beat up the lemon first, roll it, pound it, squeeze it to get all that good pulp and nutrition into the juice and make the squeezing easier. Sometimes we have to be beaten, broken and bruised before we are ready for the tender mercies the Lord has for us. Charles Dickens said, "Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."
I don't know why the Lord sees fit to change my prepared message when I stand up. I didn't intend to discuss my recent hospital visit and how the Lord used it as a really wonderful lesson and demonstration of His tender mercies. Still, I felt yet another witness born by the Spirit to me of His unfathomable love for me and all His children. So - today will be lemonade of the sweetest variety as I look for the Lord's tender mercies.
And kudos to the committee who planned a beautifully simple activity with everything we needed, a chance to feel the Spirit and be rejuvenated, time to visit and bond, and of course, chocolate!!!