Last week most of my family spent a week in Ohio visiting family. It was like a travelling slumber party with Kim and me sleeping on the floor and in tiny beds most of the time. But with a toddler and baby we knew they would be the ones in control of our family schedule. It was not a problem to sacrifice sleep for this special family time.
It was the first time Jenny and I co-officiated a wedding. Rachel is her cousin and I am her uncle who baptized her 32 years ago. It was a great joy.
This past weekend we spent our last day at our log cabin in Willow. Just hanging out, reminiscing and laughing. When it was time to leave we gathered for a prayer and brief sharing. I did not want that moment to end. The temptation is to freeze and capture it. I found myself looking at the faces of those I love, the beauty of God's natural creation, the projects we built. And I looked deeply.
This was not a time to freeze frame the moment, but rather to savor it. To simply breathe deeply a sigh of gratitude to God for this season of family life. When Kim and I leave June 24 the hardest part will be leaving Jenny, Aaron, Isabella, Jeremy, and Ryan. I so want to capture these moments for some future use. But now is a time for savoring, appreciating all that God has given us.
The good news for all who following Jesus is that such moments are a foretaste of what is to come. That such moments will not be fleeting but will be gathered together in one fantastic experience of the fullness of the kingdom of God. We won't have to savor because we will live in those moments without separation or sadness.
God's kingdom is coming! And it is here! Thanks be to God! Let us savor this!