Reflecting Poolwith Reverend Greg Coles, M.Div.
For my sixtieth birthday last week my family and I traveled from our respective homes and countries to celebrate a week in Florida together. The weather cooperated and we enjoyed fun outdoor activities together such as bocce, pickleball, volleyball, shuffleboard, swimming, kayaking, and much more. Yes, we are an active family.
It has been times like these that I am reminded of the Thornton Wilder play, "Our Town," where Emily has passed on to the next realm. She is given the opportunity to relive one day of her life and she chooses her twelfth birthday. From this new and higher realm she views her life as she was at twelve.
Emily comes down the stairs of the house she grew up in and experiences her family members all busy doing what they do. Children are playing, father is doing his thing, mom is in the kitchen cooking. There’s the smell of the coffee, the sound of the toast being buttered and of the laughter all around. There are colorful flowers and leaves in the yard with the sun shining through.
From her higher view she sees life happening and says, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? - every, every minute?"
What a great question to ask ourselves. Does anyone know? Do I ever really know how wonderful my life is while I’m living it?
Today I am back in Bay City, and admiring the spectacular colors of fall that surround us. I am reflecting on the Fall Faith intentions of our spiritual home, to create a world that works for all. And I am aware that each day is a new gift, a new birth and opportunity to give thanks for the blessings, experiences, people and colors that surround us.
The Buddhists say that to have a human birth is the most precious gift there is. For each one of us today is a birth day. It is the day we’re given born to, to share with one another. A day of life. I wish you a wondrous month of November. May we remember to be grateful each day for how blessed life is while we’re living it.