So many times we take each other for granted and often parents are their teenage children squabble. Sadly those sometimes can lead to pain to bearable to stand.
There was a mother who was having a typical spat with her son over him wanting to go out and she said no. He wanted a hug and she said no as he walked out the door. The next time she saw her precious son he was brain dead. In the end she was forced to ” pull the plug”. He was 17. The woman has never gotten over it to this very day. So every time she leaves her husband ( not her son’s father) they tell each other how they feel about each other. So folks cherish those moments you have because you never know when something like this can happen to you!
Churches are supposed to be a place that all areas of the Bible get discussed. In the vast majority of cases that is true. The one that gets avoided like the plague is sex. Which is sort of ironic because that is the way most people come into the world. Let me be perfectly clear here. I am not condoning in any way the mistreatment of any male or female. Sure money gets talked about openly but sex that’s another matter. In a culture in which sex is everywhere ( I am not saying that is right.) Then the question becomes. Why?
My suspicion is that there is a certain puritanical aspect to it but the real reason is that children are around and the church has to be a safe place for them to be at all times. Throughout history, children have been abused in churches, to say the least. To act like it only happens in certain faiths is irresponsible thinking.
So sex is not openly talked about in churches and that’s the way it should stay!
As I sat alone in church this morning I couldn’t help wonder why there are so many empty pews? Yet deep inside I knew the reason. The faces that I had grown to know and love had gone home to their eternal resting place.
Even though for years we knew this transition was going to take place that doesn’t make it any easier in which to deal with. The reality is that there are more on the way and one of them could be me!
It’s been over 20 years since I first took a step into this place. Sure there have been good times and bad but it’s still home and it will be until I take my final breath.