the sweetest – and best thing in life…

In a world that seems to move faster each day, in a culture that is so “connected” technologically, and yet so broken realistically… I have come to the great realization that nothing in life is more comforting and settling than knowing I am connected – that I belong, and that I am ‘family’.  In spite of all of the madness, the noise, the rush, the speed of life, nothing is better (and I mean nothing) than 5pm everyday, and my long slow bike ride home from the place I call “work”, and pulling into our driveway, where my real work in life begins.  Everyday I am greeted by our aging and graying chocolate lab Ceili, who bounds like a puppy across our “40 acre” plot of subdivision.  Her goal?   Just to say hello to me – imagine that!  So the question of the century, “What makes life sweet?”  For me it is this: To know that I am husband, father, son, brother, friend and member of the Church – a part of the great cloud of witnesses across the aeon’s, part of the saints that go back over 2,000 years finding it’s roots in Antioch the church Paul planted, and where Peter was first bishop… this is what is most sure, good and right in this mixed up world.  To savor my wife, to relish in our children… to shower up, grab a glass of semi-average wine, cook a simple but homegrown meal in my favorite cast iron skillet… and then to sit outside under the stars, next to our “woods”, and enjoy the satisfaction of good food, good friends and make great memories.  This is what it’s all about – really it is.  In this world you can have lots of things: You can have offices with windows, you can have salaries with lots of digits, but if you don’t have family, you won’t have identity, and if you don’t slow down to smell and savor the sweetness of what really matters in life – then the life your’e living is really not life at all. 

One of my favorite songwriters is Sara Groves, and a song that speaks to the core of my being is called “Every Minute” – please do yourself a favor!  Give yourself a gift – slow down long enough to read this and savor the life she sings about, and know that this is not some idyllic fantasy, but in fact it is the very life that our God means for us to live – no – it’s not easy – but nothing that is good in life ever is.  It’s hard work, but in the end it’s the only work that’s really worth working for.  So go ahead, take away all of my “things”, my stuff (what little of it there is!) , and yet I say to you,  I am still the richest man alive – for above all I am husband, father, brother, son and part of His Church… the sweetest possessions in the world.

 

 

 

I am long on staying
I am slow to leave
Especially when it comes to you my friend
You have taught me slow down
And to prop up my feet
It’s the fine art of being who I am

And I can’t figure out
Why you want me around
I’m not the smartest person I have ever met
But somehow that doesn’t matter
No it never really mattered to you at all

And at the risk of wearing out my welcome
At the risk of self-discovery
I’ll take every moment
And every minute that you’ll give me

And I can think of time when
families all lived together
Four generations in one house
And the table was full of good food
And friends and neighbors
That’s not how we like it now

Cause if you sit at home you’re a loser
Couldn’t you find anything better to do
Well no I couldn’t think of one thing
I would rather waste my time on
than sitting here with you

And at the risk of wearing out my welcome
At the risk of self-discovery
I’ll take every moment
And every minute that you’ll give me

And I wish all the people I love the most
Could gather in one place
And know each other and love each other well

And I wish we could all go camping
And lay beneath the stars
And have nothing to do and stories to tell
We’d sit around the campfire
And we’d make each other laugh remembering when
You’re the first one I’m inviting
Always know that you’re my friend

And at the risk of wearing out my welcome
At the risk of self-discovery
I’ll take every moment
And every minute that you’ll give me
Every moment and every minute that you’ll give me
Every moment and every minute that you’ll give me
Every minute

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