Good Afternoon, God!
I was going through old photos to find some of my late Mom. We will have a display of them at a family celebration of my mom’s life in October. My mother was beautiful At Every Age!
And, in sorting through the photos I found this one of me. I have to admit . . . adorable! What can I say, God. I love her! This is a child who was the apple of our extended family’s eye — first child, first grandchild, first niece.
Ah, but things took a sober turn when we moved. World War II drew closer and my father would soon be working long hours building ships. My dad wasn’t allowed to enlist because he was doing “war work.” So I was able to keep my dad — unlike many children.
Sigh. Wars are terrible things, God. TERRIBLE!
Tomorrow my wonderful husband, Kit, and I fly off to Berlin. Now, we are friends with Germany — as we should have been all along — if not for Depressions and Dictators. How sad that children are taught to hate . . . worse than sad.
But, let me return to the future and our joyful trip — going to Berlin for Kit to run the Berlin Marathon. Ausgezeichnet! It’s the 40th Berlin Marathon (9/29) and we are arriving on the 21st to help with adjusting to the 12 hour time zone change.
Adjusting. Hmm. So much of Life involves adjusting. How much easier adjusting is when we have stable, loving parents. And, not just parents but friends. We are dependent on one another for nurture and support. We humans, like countries (!), are called to live together in a reciprocal web of interchanges and interactions — helping and being helped.
The Bible says we are part of the Body of Christ. Ecologists call it the Web of Life. I like to remind myself that Everything is Connected to Everything Else!
Thank You, God!