Three years ago at this time my Mom was dying. We didn't know it at this time, but by the end of January she was gone... Her funeral was held at the chapel at the funeral home. Some kind Quakers offered their clapboard church, but in the end we decided to just come together on the couches at the funeral home and sit and share for a spell. Johanna read the 23rd Psalm, My Sister's friend sang, Doug preached, My Uncle read some of my Mom's poems....
I heard someone comment recently that when your parents die the umbilical cord is finally fully cut.
During my Mom's sickness I spent several months in Buckley, but I never once returned to the church of my childhood. Many of the people I knew from church are older now and would have been in Florida anyway. Moreover, the church is now fast on its way to becoming a mega-church, which I guess means that it is "successful." However, for what ever reason, I just couldn't deal with its new "slickness," the coffee bar, the hipster vibe, the snazzy new name. Of course, the place exists for those folks who live in Buckley and it needs to respond to their needs......
But, I have to admit that I would like to be able to finger that prominent ridge in the middle of the hymnal and open the book predictably to "Trust and Obey." If only there was some eternal present where Barb Warner could teach my children about Sunday School Charlie. . .
I couldn't care less of the website's self-serving numeracy from 50 to 500!
This Summer my Dad moved away from Buckley. I still own a home there, but have been seriously considering severing that last time.
Life just marches forwards and you can't always go home.
When my Mom died two old ladies came to the funeral from the old Buckley Tabernacle. They hugged me fiercely like they did on the day I was baptized.. . In their fellowship, I will remain all the days of my life. We spend our lives shedding shelter after shelter, from womb to womb, until we stand naked as we came before the judgment seat of Christ.
But on this journey we have companions..... Pilgrims who seek a permanent dwelling place.