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  • Sonya Leigh Anderson


Updated: Sep 6, 2019

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We had a party at dinner last night. I’d been wanting to do it all week, mentally planning, waiting for a night without sports and church. So finally yesterday I seized the free evening and stopped by the store on my way home from work to pick up a few extras. Sparkling cider. Salmon. Mini creampuffs. Balloons.

The boys were stumped – and nervous. Mom, what are you doing? They’re not too keen on surprises. And this didn’t make sense. Nils’ birthday is past. Mine still a week out. No other significant dates on the radar. They threw out some guesses while Kyle whipped up his maple glaze for the fish. Is somebody pregnant? They suggested both me and Kiana. (NO.) A raise at work, or a lottery win. Have we ever even bought a ticket? (No again.) I think I know. This from Nils, but he won’t say what.

I giggled as I pulled out tablecloth and goblets. This is fun. I should do it more often.


Tuesday morning I’m having my quiet time, reading a Psalm. O magnify the LORD with me… O taste and see that the LORD is good…*

Later that same morning I’m at church with staff. We’re sharing stories about God’s faithful provision in times of trials, and I share my own. And it hits me again like it has so often in our current season. God has been GOOD to our family! Looking back and remembering how hard it was and how sweet it is now, and I feel like having a party.

And then we sing this song and it seals the deal. I’m overwhelmed. Never Once Have We Ever Walked Alone. I stand there at church circled up with coworkers and friends, singing the exact song that anchored my heart and Kyle’s in our darkest days.

Standing on this mountaintop Looking just how far we’ve come Knowing that for every step You were with us…

And this is happening. For sure. Balloons and all.

I tell the kids over dinner, after I read the Psalm out loud. God is GOOD, and this family is good, and I just feel like having a party. Taste and see…

So we devour our salmon and eat too many creampuffs and then boys suck helium out of all the balloons and we’re silly and happy and we all know it’s true.

You are faithful, God, You are faithful. AND GOOD.

*Psalm 34:3 & 8

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