Most of us are inspired by the wit and wisdom of other’s. There are however, some quotes that just seem to stand out whenever you read them. For instance, Jonathan Swift, Irish author, poet, and noted satirist, best known for writing Gulliver’s Travels, once said, “May you live all the days of your life.”
Hello, my name is Glenn. The school kids call me Mr. Horne. That’s because my last name is Horne. My children (I have three) call me “dad.” That’s because I’m married to their mother. And my grandchildren (I have six) call me “grandpa,” And that’s because, well that’s because I’m their grandfather. Furthermore, I have lots of friends all over the country. In fact, and I don’t know if this even possible, but I might have too many friends. Either way, possible or impossible, numbered among this confederacy of acquaintances is a very special woman (I have one) named Becky and she calls me, “Sweetheart.”
Celebrating the Gift of Life
Now I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed life. Whether it was as a youngster struggling with my identity, a marine searching for glory, or as an adult trying to recognize purpose and reclaim my life from yesterday’s demons. Whatever was happening, wherever I was, the mysterious sensation of being alive in time, knowing that I had a place in God’s eternal plan, none of which I understood, has always been, and continues to be, an adventure filled with intriguing challenges and discreet confusion.
How about you – have you figured it all out yet? Have you uncovered the value of your life and the truth hidden behind the story that ends without an ending? Given my love for life and my propensity for imaginative storytelling this is a predictable idea – one that I’ve been considering for some time now.
That is a blog for discussing anything related to the books you’ve read – the life you’ve lived – the people you’ve met and the places you’ve been. I think about these things because, well as Frank Capra so gracefully illustrates in his 1946 American Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” So, I am excited about tomorrow. And who knows perhaps like Clarence, the guardian angel for George, our conversations may reveal hidden truths, opening our eyes, strengthen our resolve, concerning our place in the story that ends without an ending. The Master’s Storybook!
As simple as they tend to be, there’re a few guidelines that we need to go over. Imagine with me that we’re sitting across from each other in an Irish Pub, along with four other interested participants, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee and Orange Irish Scones. As we interact with one another there is between us an unspoken agreement to resist the inclination to judge on the basis of a story in progress. Also, there is no need for coarse language, criticism, or clever remark. For the end of our story the putting together of all the chapters has yet to be told. While there are many provoking blogs devoted to debating faith without reason, reason without faith, along with their sinister siblings: Rationalism, Humanism, Atheism, Political Viewpoints, and Moral Relativity, we are not one of them.
“One More Thing”
We all go through times in our life when we could greatly benefit from the experience of others, as we drink our coffee and eat our scones. As we interact with each other, and consider the putting together of our lives. We must never forget that central to the heart of our quest for significance is the realization that contentment, at its deepest reality, is dependent upon God. God is the only person who can collectively bring all the pieces of life together and place them into a meaningful whole.
So, with these words I offer a simple ending to what I trust will be a substantial beginning to future conversations. “Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what's to be a resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way. We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay. Our destination is a place, far greater than we know. For some the journeys quicker, for some the journeys slow, and when the journey finally ends, we'll claim a great reward, and find an everlasting peace, together with the Lord.” (Anonymous) Heavenly Father, this life can be wonderful and this life can be disappointing. Help us to step back and bring our understanding into line with your wisdom, encouraging each other as we journey towards new beginning.
As Johnathon Swift so elegantly put it, “May you live all the days of your life.”
Till we can sit down together I remain faithfully yours,
Glenn T. Horne