I missed you last week. I was busy at the Kansas Wheat Festival using my prioritizing strategy. I was asked how it worked out for me, and I will say I think it did well. I saw more than I expected.

On my “must go” list was the Friday night street dance with the “Mudbugs.” They are an exceptionally talented group of people and they really know how to bring the crowd alive.

But, I saw more than just the talent on the stage. I saw the love of God in the crowd. I saw friends who have not connected for years talking, laughing, and enjoying time together. I saw parents dancing with their children. I saw people with love for one another in their eyes. I saw peace in our community.

Also on my “must” list was the Wheat Run on Saturday morning.

There I saw a giving and compassionate community. Most of the organizers and volunteers are competitive runners themselves. This day they chose not to run, so they could host the event.

The police were there to secure the runners, and running peers were on the course to cheer and encourage as the competition ran by. I saw humility, sacrifice and encouragement.

They were truly living out the Word in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

On my “really want to” list was the Arts and Crafts Show. Again, I saw peace, fun, and love in our community. Although the setting is somewhat competitive for business, I saw the vendors encouraging one another and working together to have a successful show.

On my “would like to” list was the kids tractor pull. I only saw it from afar, but I could hear the cheers. Afterward, I saw proud parents praising their child for a job well done.

In a world where there is hate and separation, I saw peace and love during our Kansas Wheat Festival.

I have heard it said if you look for the negative, you will surely find it. The news is full of it. Let it stir you to look, passionately seek, and find God’s grace, love and mercy. It was easy to find last week, right here in our little town of Wellington.

As the Apostle Paul offered to Corinth, I offer you his words from 2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

I am going to say it again because you deserve it ... Live Well, Live Wellington.

Linda Yearout is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist at Hope's Place.