Some follow-up of this week.
First, with deep gratitude to your inquiries about Jennifer’s father, Dennis Hagen, who had a stroke with a blood clot in his brain. [Jennifer’s our daughter-in-law.] Such good news. Dennis is making a wonderful recovery…yesterday was transferred to a rehab center with 10 days of intensive rehab on tap. He’s alert and is responding to questions. We are grateful and hope Dennis and his wife, Kathy, and all their crew know that our prayers will be continuing. For sure. The feeding tube’s been removed and he’s been able to take modest amounts of pureed food.
I have so appreciated the notes many of you have sent, and sharing appreciation for the Supreme Court decision for marriage equality. It’s a personal joy to celebrate the good ways in which this decision brings new vitality, especially for those who have needed to be recognized they are in a covenantal relationship that matters. A thought I had last night is…with this decision, for so many, I imagine the rainbow has never been more beautiful. That’s how I see it this morning.
Diane and I listened again to President Obama’s eulogy for those whose lives were cut short in Charleston. I wish again for everyone to hear what he shared. Of course I can be accused of over-reacting, but in my heart, I find his speech with the powerful images of what grace really is—a gift not earned that we need to choose how we respond in our lives through our living. I also could be wrong and those who disagree right…but for me, this speech is perhaps the best and strongest moment of his presidency…when, at least my take, the real Obama happened. Some of you have shared how it’s impacted you with no less inspiration.
I’ve shared over the years how much I value Art Johnson…a member of the First Christian Church in San Marcos, where I have served as their interim minister, about 3 years ago. Art’s a VP for McCoy Building Company and each Saturday morning shares an update on their marketing. He then closes with his life-imaging for value. [My description!] This morning he gave two images which I find so important: he was writing very early this morning and he heard a train whistle. Now when we think of a train whistling it’s, at least my-way of thinking, a warning. Stand back. Be careful. But Art came with a new image: the whistle “signals its progress.” Loved it. And thought of what can “signal our progress?”
He then referred to the 18th hole of last weekend’s U.S. Open. How on the 18th hole the US Open was lost when Dustin Johnson 3-putted from 12 feet. Art acknowledged how painful, even self-doubting that would be. And when Johnson left the 18th hole his wife hugged him and handed him his infant son…a moment when the perspective of what’s most important was focused. Art then closed his short homily this morning by saying, “When each of us 3-putts, always keep a perspective.”