In the connecting with these high school friends I have learned of both joy and sadness. A number of folks are delighting in their grown children, and now in their grandchildren – something I can only imagine. Others have already retired – that’s something I am still anticipating. And yet others have spouses whose health is seriously challenged. In the midst of their challenges I am aware of their love and devotion to their life partners and pray that they are buoyed in the hardest of times, by memories of their times together in earlier years.
If you have been connected with me on Face Book for a while you may remember my “Dang Those Deer” entry in early August when the local deer had thoughtlessly munched my hosta and one of my sedums. Today I dug out that picture of the chewed upon sedum, and have uploaded a picture I took of that same plant yesterday. I share the two of them below. (Interesting, the “deer” picture is dark, depressing, while the one from yesterday is bright, hopeful…)
In looking at the two photos I am reminded of the inherent will to live – in plants, animals, in us humans. Years ago a d&*^@# squirrel lopped off a lovely large poppy flower bud. There it lay about 10 inches from the plant. As an avid gardener I remember feeling devastated. And yet, several days later that bud blossomed, opened up in its glorious orange color: no separation from its life source could stop it from doing that which it was designed to be and do. And so I pray it is true for my sedum – which likely will not recover fully this year, but surely next. And from these experiences I remain confident that no matter what condition our human bodies are in, even to and through death, real life propels us forward. “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.” (Deut.3:19)
With blessings to my friends from so many years ago, and blessings too, to my newer friends. In all you do, choose life!