Sunday, May 03, 2020
Sunday Afternoon Tea - We get just a glimpse of another's story
I've been pondering this week how the Internet only gives us a peek into a person's life, a snapshot of their journey given one blog post at a time. It came about when I was reading a comment from last week that indicated I had a lot of wisdom for someone who doesn't go to church.
Well, I appreciate the compliment and I do get their point, it is true I don't go to church. However, I also do not go to concerts, the movies, to visit my son's family an hour away, or out to a restaurant in the evenings.
I have had to turn down taking more of a part in a friend's ministry and even a trip to England with my daughter to attend Sarah Clarkson's wedding at Oxford. (As much as my granddaughter loves Grammie, she is thankful I couldn't go so she could!).
I have had to give up all gardening except for container gardening on the deck. The area where we once had the raised bed garden is now the burn pit for tree limbs and other stuff one has to deal with when they live in a forested area.
Long time readers know that I developed two autoimmune diseases about twenty years ago. The Hashimotos Disease came about after developing Juvenile (Type 1) diabetes. I was talking to my much beloved doctor recently, the older African American doctor at the County clinic who did more for me than any of my high priced specialists.
He has always been fascinated by my case as it is very rare to develop Juvenile Diabetes in middle age (my Uncle did, though). I described how I had been a power walker and that is how I first noticed something was wrong, I could no longer walk three miles and then even two miles was a struggle. Until today, when it is difficult to walk down the gravel lane to the mailbox on the county road.
So how does someone who doesn't go to church gain wisdom? Well, for one thing I used to go to church. I have worked in churches. I have written Bible studies and taught one of them on the Book of Esther at our church in Michigan. I have taught adult Sunday School and volunteered for para-church ministries. I was even part of a Jesus People coffeehouse ministry.
I have read books by the great theologians and Bible teachers since I became a Christian as a teenager. I have discussed Bible principles with everyone from toddlers to very wise teachers. I have been blessed with excellent Christian radio stations through the years that shared inspiring faith filled music as well as favorite Bible teachers.
That doesn't include the years in a corporation or all those homeschooling years. Some readers have no idea I worked in Organization Development or homeschooled our younger child. It doesn't come up often these days.
There is a TV commercial on a local channel that I love, talking about a rest home for retired people. In each commercial, they show an elderly person, quite often stooped over in a wheel chair, and share their accomplishments in life.
We only see the eighty year old man or ninety year old woman but it turns out they made world changing scientific discoveries at the University, or was one of the women to serve in WWII, or that they researched the history of the County.
The commercial always reminds me that every person has a story.
All of this is to share how a person who doesn't attend church can write with wisdom. I do think if we read biographies of Christians we admire that there were many of them who either could no longer attend a church because of their health, or... as in so many countries... because it is illegal in their country.
I appreciated the comment because it reminded me to once again get a little deeper into my background and to remind myself there was a time when I could do more stuff. ;)
Image: This is a favorite photo from when I could travel to see my daughter's family. We loved going to Tea Rooms. That little girl across from me graduated from high school this Spring and will enter a Christian college this Fall.