I woke up in a time warp
Where the people were no more.
The gated homes were locked up tight
And sounds of silence bore.
“It’s Saturday at 10am!
Where have the children gone?
Where are the bikes and roller skates?
Where is their laughter’s song?”
The world has changed. It was explained.
They’re in their homes online.
They’re in their pj’s, Wii in hand.
They’re bonding over worlds-in-time.
The family unit’s still intact.
No village need apply.
For folks are huddled in their homes
While all the world goes by.
My eerie walk was ended now.
I settled in my chair.
Wondering what had happened
To my 1950’s fare.
I checked my phone – no calls were missed.
Then read my FaceBook News.
My grandson climbed up on my lap.
We opened Apps with clues.
Last Friday some friends stopped by for a visit.
During our morning conversation, they shared that their son had stepped down as senior pastor of his church and moved with his wife and one year old son to live with the mother in a different state. The distance from the mother’s couch to the front door was a short one.
The sudden uprooting of this small family made us all sad. What happened? Their son and his wife were not talking – to each other – or to family. One could only guess. Our conclusion was that this little family needed healing. Deep, at the core, healing.
Don’t we all.
None of us is perfect. And none of us will ever achieve perfection in this life. We are all struggling, in different ways, to walk out each challenge with wisdom, forgiveness, and patience.
No one ever said it would be easy. No one ever said we would arrive at the end of our lives unscathed. All we can do is make wise choices along the way.
- To choose kindness.
- To resist the temptation to judge one another.
- To share forgiveness.
All are worthy goals – quality attributes to walk out in front of our children.
THIS is the inheritance they will receive. The examples of excellent character we demonstrate now are what we will eventually leave behind.
THIS will be our legacy.
Today, let us add to their inheritance.
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(A Faith Classic)