We had a great time yesterday afternoon at our “Back to School Bash” at Asbury. There were lots of children running around with paint on their faces and sno-cones in their hands. The adults sat around table enjoying the time together and the kids were jumping through the inflatable obstacle course.
It was a great day. And yet, it was a noticeably different day. The families who gathered this year are not the same ones who gathered 4 years ago. Some of the youth are the same ones who were here then as kids, but others are children who were not yet born (or not yet adopted). Others, like my son, are no longer in the children or youth category and not anywhere to be seen. It is the ebb and flow of a community.
I am reminded of summers spent at my grandparents bungalow on Long Island, NY. We spent most of our days down on the beach swimming and searching for shells and skipping rocks. It was always a new adventure as we walked the beach. The tides coming in and going out would change the landscape. New shells would be washed in. New discoveries would be uncovered. Things once there were no longer seen.
There is an ebb and flow to life, like ocean tides. One school year ends another begins – just like it did the year before and the year before that. Children are born, they grow up, they move on. The ones we nurture today are not the ones we saw 4 years ago and may not be the ones we see 4 years from now. The landscape changes. New discoveries can be made.
The ebb and flow of life is a given – and it is also a grand adventure. The one constant through it all is Christ. In him we find a rock on which to stand, a firm foundation on which to live, a sure and certain source of grace and peace in the never-ending ebb and flow of life. Thanks be to God for our salvation.
Holy high-five to you,