“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1.
I remember this morning how I became engaged on Facebook for almost an hour a few months ago! I had gotten up early to post the Daily Something and was overwhelmed by the pictures of children going back to school that week. I couldn’t stop looking at them. There were children I knew from previous churches; children and grandchildren of people I worked with at Children’s Hospital; children I sang and prayed with at the Cathedral School; children from so many Vacation Bible Schools—children I learned from and dearly loved. Some were almost grown.
Most of the younger children and some of the teenagers agreed to look happy and excited for their parents’ pictures. I envision these same photographs brought in albums and embarrassingly shown at future weddings and anniversaries. I think of the joy of grandparents and friends who are not able to see their loved ones as often as they would like, but frequently visit with them on Facebook.
“Where have all the years gone?” was an often-quoted heading with the pictures. I agree. Life is so fleeting. That is why living in the moment, the precious present—loving and enjoying the “now”—is so important. I realize I remember these children most because I did, for a nanosecond, stay present with them at some time in the past. Today I send love to each of them. They in turn have sent love back to my heart, as I remember who they were and cherish who they are today.
Anthony de Mello reminds us to keep our album of good memories so that we can go back and relive them even more fully than the first time. He believes that often a first encounter is too powerful for us to take in. He encourages us to guard and keep these memories for when we want or need to reconnect to their power in the past.
Living in the present is what gives us such beautiful, loving memories; but there also is a season for going back to relive those memories. Times of transitions in our lives, such as starting school, can trigger this need.
That was a good day on Facebook, worth getting up early to see—and a great excuse for forgetting to check the regular news of the day.
Book Signing Wordsworth Books
Saturday, November 2, 2019 1 to 3 pm
Just in time for the holidays
A Spiritual Rx for Advent Christmas, and Epiphany
The Sequel to A Spiritual Rx for Lent and Easter
Both are $18. Money from sale of the books goes to Camp Mitchel Camp and Conference Center in Arkansas or Hurricane Relief in
The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast