Amen Grammie…and thank you for joining us this year!

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For the last lenten blog post for Marble Women’s Ministry this year, I wanted to share a cute story and to honor my Mom too, who played a large role in finding some of the special poets and other contributors for this year’s blog.  And a few times, she had to listen to me when I was overwhelmed a bit.

The picture above is of my Mom, Lynn Doll and her twin granddaughters, Catherine and Chandler (I mentioned them in the “Magical Thinking” post earlier).  We were on vacation together in Bermuda.  All smiles for sure.

You see, my Mom puts her heart and soul into everything she does, but her prayers before a holiday meal, well these are particularly special to me.   She prepares for this important moment and does not forget anyone who needs prayers, our late family members, and all around the table.  I am still not sure how she can go from preparing the meal a few seconds before, to sharing a carefully prepared prayer that is so thoughtful and most of the time leaves me a bit teary.

Well you see there was this one Easter.  Chandler who was 5-years-old at the time was sitting in front of a plateful of food and she was ready to get started.  To her, my Mom’s prayer had gone on a bit too long.  Chandler interrupted the prayer by saying in a stern and definitive voice, “Amen Grammie!”  Then my whole family erupted into boisterous laughter, as a child can say the darndest things! And the prayer was finished that year. My Mom had to throw in the towel.

Honestly, it is a moment that my family will treasure forever.  “Amen Grammie!”  Well it gets said at every holiday meal now.

Now to all of the followers of this blog….

Thank you for joining our Marble Women’s Ministry Blog for Lent this year, a growing community from around the US and world who join us each day.  Praying with a Camera this year was an idea that I had and I so enjoyed looking at the pictures and the stories behind them.  We had another focus, honoring the poetry of women to guide us on our lenten journey.  Our team hopes that the daily blog gave you an opportunity to add something positive to your lenten journey and also helped you to focus more on what is important in this life that you are leading.

We had many contributors who have been a part of our blog for many years.  But these year, our circle expanded and many new contributors felt moved to share their pictures, poems, and stories.   Thank you all for putting your heart out there for all of the readers!

And finally…  If you are local to NYC, our Women’s Ministry is sponsoring a 4-part program: Bold Authenticity: Answering the Call to Greatness with Greta Muller starting on April 29th.  Click here to find more information and to sign-up.

We wish you a blessed year and we will be back at the start of the Advent Season.

Marcie Doll and the Marble Women’s Ministry Team

Magical Thinking

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This is a picture of my nieces, Chandler and Catherine at 5 or 6 years old, who are now really teenagers.  Wow, how time flies!  On this trip we went to Hilton Head, SC and they are posing with Jake the Dog.  Who is Jake the Dog, you ask?  He is the Black Dog Cafe mascot and it is a casual restaurant chain that you will find at many resort communities.

When you are the age that Chandler and Catherine are in this picture, little things make you excited and someone in a character suit tops most moments.

Six year olds live in a world of magical thinking.  The world is so much to take in at this age and life can be difficult at times to comprehend.  This magical thinking helps them to cope with the world around them and deal with new experiences like all day school, learning to read, and things that can be a bit scary, like vegetables and well really scary stuff too.

Superheroes matter.
Disney princesses abound.
Books with unicorns and mermaids are a bonus.
Playing school helps them to deal with new responsibilities.
They come up with the most imaginative scenarios….

And this age is also one of those magical times with books.  Oh, how I love to read a book with a child this age, as they start to sound out words and try to read more complex text.  Shortly after this picture was taken, we started to read chapter books together when I would visit.  I would start and then Chandler and Catherine took over with the reading.  But we still liked to read about mermaids….and there was a mermaid birthday party for the next birthday.

Maybe we need to have some of that magical thinking in our lives again.  Life can be difficult for adults, so why not think about reading a book like Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” or Harry Potter or maybe watch a movie about superheroes.  Lent is a time to dig deep and connect with the magical self you are hiding somewhere.   It may just give you the strength to get through some of your difficult times, just like a six year old.

Shared by Marcie Doll