Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beginnings & Endings – Part 1

I last posted in my blog in June 2010.
I have wanted to restart for some time and for various reasons it never seemed to happen. I’m starting today – a new beginning with a dialog about endings. I don’t know if I will do this every day .  
 I do have a dream that I might find a “theme”,   “re-brand” my blog,  write regularly with some  methods  that could lead to a small amount of revenue – but that remains to be seen.
For now we’ll just stumble along on meandering “Whitfield’s journey”   with more personal topics based on the events of the day.
I pray that these rambling walks may have some value to someone..
My personal them that I’ve  (re)set for 2013 is captured in the following statement
I will live today in the moment. I will live today as if it were my last day here on this earth  and I will dream and plan today for tomorrow because  “Today is the first day of the rest of my life; I will rejoice and be glad in it”   (cf.Psalm 118:24-KJV)
I’ve labelled this post beginnings and endings because
---  as my “theme song” for this year says  I want always to remember  “that each day, each moment is a beginning, an opportunity, a new breath, a new step, a new relationship is be formed, in this moment, in this beginning.
----- It seems my life has increasingly  been filled with endings and that is really the  focus of this "Beginnings and Endings" post
June:  one of my  oldest friends (not in years but in length of time we had been friends) died suddenly of a heart attack.  We had become friends in high school, we double dated.  I was his best man in June 1966 and he was my best man in September that same year.  An ending and a loss
August: My younger brother died waiting for a heart transplant. My best friend.  My “go to” person.     An ending and a loss --  a “broken circle” – the first of eight in my family to die.
Throughout the year several other  friends and acquaintances died. – it seemed funerals where an every week event. So many endings.
August:  My Dad died. It was  a blessing. He  was done with this world   and got to go home and I miss him (the man that he was before  age  took his mind before it took his body). The end of an era – the last of the eight offspring raised by my grandparents.
August: A fellow elder, close friend and another of my “go to” people died suddenly – he was only a couple of years older than me.
December: Another “pioneer” –  the man who owned the farm next to the one where I was born –  a leader in the church where I grew  up – died after a lengthy illness. The last of a generation of men (that included my father) who had  built up the church their parents and grandparents had  started  at North Livingston and they were  instrumental in making to move to a new building in Thessalon.  The end of another era.
And as in 2011 many other friends and acquaintances, former neighbors died.  The “regular”  attendance  funerals and visitations continued and even seemed to increase.  
I have already attended the funeral of a long time member and very dear  sister (and cousin) at the Pinehill church and yesterday  another of  my “peers” died  - I wrote this on his daughter’s facebook page Your dad was part of the "gang" (a year or so younger) that I grew up with at the old North Livingston church”.  And yesterday we learned of the death of  the daughter (who was our age) of another dear couple  -who are  a long time members at  the Pinehill church. More endings.
So what’s the point?  Well for me, these endings along with some other things that have been happening in my life have given me a renewed and clearer understanding of  the  temporary and fleeting nature of our life here on this earth.
As James says (1:9-11 ESV)  Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
There’s more to be said so I’ll need to do at least one more post – tomorrow!!

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