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Message from the Rector

                                           Weekend of October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

 

Dear People of God,

My Mother would always tell me as a child, “The older you get, the faster time goes by!”  There is no question in my mind and heart that the words of my Mother ring true.  However, as a child, I could not comprehend the wisdom of her statement. With the grace and help of God, it is important to reflect upon life and to find God (and let God find us) in the present moment and live each day for others. Aging is a part of life – and growing older does not mean we automatically grow wiser!

 

I share with you what life has taught people at various stages of their journey. Reflect …… Smile…..and pass it on.

Time Gets Better with Age

 

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.” – Age 5

 

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat broccoli either. – Age 7

 

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. – Age 9

 

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. – Age 12

 

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. – Age 14

 

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. – Age 15

 

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. – Age 24

 

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. – Age 26

 

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there. – Age 29

 

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. – Age 30

 

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it. – Age 42

 

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note. – Age 44

 

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. – Age 47

 

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Age 48

 

I’ve learned that singing, “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours. – Age 49

 

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day; lost luggage; and tangled Christmas tree lights. – Age 51

 

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly when they die. – Age 53

 

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. – Age 58

 

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. – Age 61

 

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. – Age 62

 

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. – Age 64

 

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. – Age 65

 

I’ve learned that everyone could use a prayer. – Age 72

 

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. – Age 82

 

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People need that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back. – Age 90

 

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. – Age 92

 

 

I would also like to add that on this journey, root life in God and our darkest days can be bathed in the light of Christ (Age 67).

 

 

Walking with you,

 

Fr. Greg

 

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