to the God who always rsvps …

 [Bint.3♥♪♫]

 

Each year, on this day, I want my soul friends.  I want to be in their house, as in days past, munching on something Drason has cooked up,  sharing a couch cushion with Sonya, watching old movies or laughing as our kids bang on tambourines and choreograph others sorts of mayhem.

 

When we grieve, proximity feels important.  I can remember, after we lost Bane, how much I desperately needed to stay close to those who had loved him as I had.  How just the presence of those who had also bounced him on their hips, who had also played at his peek-a-boo smiles, was a great comfort – even if words weren’t exchanged.

 

And so each year, on this day, I crave intimacy with my dear friends, and this is right and good.  But I also remind myself that intimacy with me – however good the food and conversation – wouldn’t “do the trick” for comforting my friends today.

 

So, from afar, today I beg my Jesus to be close to them.  I beg His Spirit to pump healing, cleansing grief through their hearts.  And I thank God that he spells it out for us – bold words in print, that we can read even as our eyes brim in painful tears – that he is ever-present in our times of trouble.

 

Each year, on this day, we celebrate a life well-lived.  And we thank God that even when this day fades on the calendar of memory, his true word will not fail us.

 

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

2021 Banebow 5K Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

Montgomery Bell State Park:1020 Jackson Hill Road Burns, TN

Online registration for this event will close October 13, 2021.

*To receive a race t-shirt, participants MUST register online prior to September 28, 2021*

We are looking for sponsors for our 5K – business or personal. If you are interested in sponsoring this special event, please email us at banebow5k@gmail.com. Deadline to sponsor our 2021 5K is September 21, 2021.