Good Folks, it is the first Friday of a brand new year-2018. I am sure that resolutions have been made, some already broken, others—why bother. Regardless, it is a new year with untold possibilities and uncertainties.
After a First Methodist School (FMS) Christmas pageant event in our sanctuary, after all the folks have returned to their cars and children to their classes, as I was walking back to my office I found this lone tennis shoe in the parking lot. It reminded me of my father.
There were stories told of my father when he was a child that, when he would leave his house to go to school he started like most of us with two shoes on. When he returned from school that afternoon, he only had one. My Aunt Bea Tellez often recounted the story to us. Not to poke fun at my dad but to say that we lose things, misplace them or that they can no longer be found. Even the church has a “Lost & Found” cache for many things left after church events. This lost shoe got me to thinking.
When did the parent (Guardian) notice that the shoe was gone? Did the child notice with two feet raised and one shoe showing say, “Hey mom/dad, look, one shoe?” Or did this event enter into the realm of memories of this one child who often loses a shoe by the end of the day? Who knows?
The church often is blessed with so much that if something or someone goes missing, when is it noticed?
Many of us grew up in a time when family meals after church were part of a tradition. I did. My siblings can attest that food was prepared beforehand, so that after church the group gathered at mom and dad’s home and ate. There was always plenty, for mom made sure of that. Freshly made flour tortillas were plentiful. I treasure those memories. However, everyone was there. And if someone was not, we asked what happened. It was family. Familia.
You are invited to invite. “Encourage courage.” I have often said, “I don’t lose anything. I just don’t know where it is.” I am guilty.
I am so thankful to God for being God, who nudges me with, “thy rod and staff, they comfort me.”
I pray that 2018 will be a better year than 2017. We are entrusted with so much – “two shoes.”
Blessings from Duncanville,
PS: On Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:45AM – Called Church Conference, for the sole purpose for the congregation to grant permission to the Board of Trustees to sell the Forest Court parsonage. More information forthcoming.