Our grandkids playing with Flipper (this is the coolest)

– David and Beks with a friend

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Mark 10:15-16

– Beks

A few days ago I wrote about our two-year-old world-traveling grandson, Mr. T., and his family’s big move from Germany to Bahrain. If you haven’t read the post, it’s worth taking a look (We are thrilled… new home).

Today I want to focus on some of the amazing experiences our other grands (David, Beks, and Geoffrey) are having in their South Florida home.

Playing with the Dolphins!
– “Flipper” on ’60s TV

These photographs – taken of course by our talented daughter Naomi – immediately reminded me of the 1960’s classic tv show, Flipper. When I first watched the series as an eight-year-old kid in the south of England, the idea of my own children living in Miami one day – and my grandchildren playing with Dolphins – was beyond the scope of my imagination.

But there they are, David, Beks and Geoffrey continuing to push the envelop in terms of education and opportunity. Growing up well may benefit from access to some out-of-the-ordinary resources, but making the best childhood possible happen has very little to do with money and absolutely everything to do with the spirit, the commitment, and the faithful love of those raising the kids. So, well done, Naomi and Craig, very well done.

Today Rebekah and I are venturing out to show up at church somewhere where we will just… attend. But as we do I am very conscious of the amazing gift this life is, and how I cannot imagine a rhythm of life where worshipping God is not a natural and beautiful part of who we are and what we do as a family.

We have so much to be thankful for, and so very many reasons to clap our hands, shout out loud, and sing praise.

Clap your hands, all you people!
    Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!
 Because the Lord Most High is awesome,
    he is the great king of the whole world.

Psalm 47:1-2

If you can’t hug a dolphin today, at least make your way to church; I know we will be there – DEREK

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