Sunday, July 25, 2010
Messages From Loved Ones
1) I love you
2) I'm happy here
3) Please call (fill in the blank with your relative with whom you've lost contact)
4) Don't forget your roots
5) Reconnect with your church, temple, synagogue -- place of worship (this one came up seven times this week, and it was never a nagging message but more of a, "hey, I see you're feeling a little lonely and disconnected. Go to this community and reconnect.)
6) Thank you
7) All of this over here on the other side is real. Trust it.
I thought of all these messages as I sat in church this morning. It was lovely as always to see our friends in church. I love to see my daughters sit patiently through the hour -- sometimes coloring, sometimes flipping through a book, but often listening earnestly and singing along. The message that day was based on one of my favorite verses, Mathew 7:7. "Ask and it will be given you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you." Our priest talked about asking for what we need, seeking what we need rather than what we want. And I thought to myself, "Yeah, those lovely souls on the other side are right. We do need connections to our community. We do need to keep our connections with family. We do need to keep in touch with our roots. And we need to trust that our loved ones are happy and well and watching out for us." It all is very real.