Sharing Our Stories: Friday Edition
This was an email originally sent out to the parish on Friday, May 24, 2020.
Here are the latest group of stories we have collected. This is a wonderful way for us to stay connected with one another and to accompany one another on this journey. We would love to have YOUR story. Check out the broad guidelines HERE. And if you have already submitted a story, please let us have another one!
6 Feet by Nancy McEachran
My husband and I have become fastidious rule-followers. We wash our hands frequently, have our face masks ready, and obey the 6-foot social distancing rule. However, as a bit of a worrier I was concerned about estimating 6 feet. How could I accurately judge this distance which had become so important in my daily life?
So, to visualize 6 feet, I thought about the feet I knew. I thought about the feet of my infant grandson that I now see every day on Facetime. Certainly, these sweet little feet do not meet the 6-foot rule. I thought about the only human Giant I knew – Goliath. According to the historian, Josephus, Goliath was reported to be four cubits and a span --- about 6 feet 9 inches tall. However, nothing I read noted the length of Goliath’s feet. A Florida newspaper suggested that people could estimate 6 feet by visualizing a large-size alligator. But, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I had no idea how to visualize a large-size alligator.
After much discussion, my husband kindly went to our kitchen and brought out a tape measure. We measured the 6-foot distance. And, that was helpful. But, Then!
I thought about people who break the 6-foot rule. I thought about the First Responders, Health Care Workers, Front Line Workers, Essential Workers and others who daily and nightly put their lives at risk and peril to serve people. I thought about a Loving God who daily and nightly walks with us in these times of uncertainty and challenge. There is no 6-foot rule for our Loving God.
Now, in my prayer space is a tape measure. It reminds of what a privilege it is to keep the 6-foot rule when others put their lives on the line and need to break it. It reminds that a Loving God does not keep the 6-foot rule and walks faithfully with us through the ups and dips of our lives. Who knew how 6-feet would change the way that I live and pray – with the assurance that God is with us and will never let us go.
Reflection by Justin Smith
As Memorial Day approaches I would like to share the following with you.
Two or three years ago I saw the musical “War Horse” at the Paramount, a story about young English men initially eager to fight for honor and glory in the First World War only to find themselves sacrificed on the altar of trench warfare. I would like to share with you a song from War Horse that captures the solemnity and sacrifice that we remember and honor on Memorial Day. Below I include the original cast recording of the song "Only Remembered”, and the piano score with the lyrics (click here to download the PDF).
Only Remembered (YouTube audio recording)
I forgot to mention that Memorial Day carries a special meaning for the Smith and Hooper families. Don Hooper, Heather‘s father, lost his two brothers, Thomas and Allyson, 18 and 17, in combat during World War II. Both were serving in the United States Air Force; one was the tail gunner on a plane that was lost over the English channel and the other died when his aircraft crashed in the north of England on return from a training mission.
Heather has their official armed forces photographs, and it is just heartbreaking to look at these two young men and reflect on what they might have accomplished with their lives. To look at these two photographs is to understand why memorial day is to be remembered not with fireworks and brass bands but by listening to what these many now silent voices would have us hear. Memorial Day is to the fallen as good Friday is to Christianity.