There is a great Biblical phrase which comes back often to me. And, I’m feeling it today as I take my seat on our lovely balcony, after supper, at the hour of sunset. It is this observation: “the day goeth away, and the shadows of evening are stretched out.”
It’s a sense about the day that’s been, and is now dropping into night. It is sunset, when so much changes. Even buildings, like ours here that surround the courtyard of our “Covenant Village.” In the morning, dawn’s light was fresh upon them. Until later, in the heat of the day, they were awash with brilliant noonday sun.
A soft wind blew through this afternoon and the lovely linden trees, growing tall outside our second floor apartment, gave a lacy pattern of light and shade to our balcony. I sat here, writing as the soft summer wind blew, and I could look at the sky and our pond, and think about all kinds of things.
Now, in the evening hour, I’m back, writing, listening to bird sounds and fountain splashing, and water rippling.
Molly got me, as the old father in our family, to phone the fathers and thank them for the loving work they do so well, attending to their families. And one of them is getting supper for one of his granddaughters. Something I think I could never do.
I began to think of how important families are, and the connections they provide. Molly talks by phone with our children almost daily.
How strange that we can tell how their day is going by the sound of their voices. The tone. The hesitations. The pauses. The rush of news. Or their silences reveal sometimes, deep thought.
I began to think of all the connections we have in life. Of the people out there, half a world away, who mean so much to us and who some, quite regularly, call or write to us, to say they care about us, or what they learned from us, or what it means to them to be “in our lives.”
Such an honor when they want you to know that, about them – “to have you in our lives,” they say.
Connections. Somebody out there caring. Remembering. Telling you that you mean something to them. We say that too, to others. “You count. You made a difference. You brighten our days. You give meaning to life itself, for us.”
And so we call. We write. We journey out, to be with them. And arrange to just meet for coffee.
It’s a “thing” in life to most of us. The value of connections. Jesus says, “Come with me. Be with me. Listen to me. We need to be together. And, not just now. But always. Forever. Personal relationships.”
That’s how we live. How we care. How we know what’s right. How we value – Connections. “Behold, I am with you always,” He says. So true. So important. Let’s keep it that way.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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