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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eternal Circles

This week the Mother of a friend from our church family passed on. Even before learning of her loss lines from an old tune had been making reoccurring breaches into my conciseness awareness. Perhaps this can be attributed to lingering remembrances of losses associated with Mothers Day and Memorial day which are mingled into health concerns of my own. Regardless of the reason these words seem to have a deeper and more profound meaning at present, a phenomena which it is anticipated will continue as each year goes zooming past.

Many of you are probably familiar with these stanzas which are the chorus of the Gospel version:

May the circle be unbroken
Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky

These words are an adaptation of an older church hymn. The original lyrics don't have the nice rhythm of this popular rendition, but a reading of them gives much more insight into what this song is attempting to convey, so here is the hymn in it's entirety as it was original written.

Will the Circle be unbroken
by Ada R. Habershon
There are loved ones in the glory
Whose dear forms you often miss.
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the shy?
In the joyous days of childhood
Oft they told of wondrous love
Pointed to the dying Saviour;
Now they dwell with Him above.
You remember songs of heaven
Which you sang with childish voice.
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice?
You can picture happy gath'rings
Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of tearful partings
When they left you here below.
One by one their seats were emptied.
One by one they went away.
Now the family is parted.
Will it be complete one day?
It is my earnest prayer that when I do pass on "In the Sweet By and By", ALL of my friends and family will either already be there or will eventually come and join with us "Up Yonder".

However, In the hear and now there is planning and preparation to accomplish for an immanent beach vacation here on earth.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Season to Savor

We drove to Roseville Michigan last Saturday to be with some family for the Memorial Day weekend. Sunday we marched in a parade on and watched another on Monday. The group that we marched with represented the school where my Grandson is a student and my Daughter is on the library staff. Actually I rode my mobility scooter, it was all tricked out with with bunting. bows, and flags while I did my part by wearing colorful patriotic garb. I drove back Tuesday while Donna stayed and hung out a few extra days. She has hitched her way home today with Matt taking her as far as Toledo and Jason retrieving her from there.
Donna still has the camera so no pictures today. Enjoying time with family is always pleasant plus staying busy helps to dampen those emotional feelings associated with my military service.
Of course the Memorial day weekend marks the beginning of our Summer season. Kids will soon be out of school, the weather has warmed up, and everything is growing like mad. My wife and daughter are certifiable beach bums. They have already been itching for months to get to the beach. I go along to get along.

Since returning home time has been spent first on catching up with things neglected for 4 days then planing details of our summer beach vacation. We will be going to Oak Island, NC this year. It has been a number of years since we used that beach, but a combination of accessibility and finances made it desirable to make the change. All of the details seem to be coming together so that I feel that they are well in hand for now... perhaps I will kick back the rest of the day or at least until Donna gets home.