Kingdom foretaste

It was one of those last minute decisions, made after a few chores were done and the rest of our unplanned day stretched before us.  We would go see Lee.  At ninety-seven years of age, her mind the proverbial sharp tack, her body gracefully aged, arthritic and definitely worn, and her spirit wise and loving.  Hoping to catch her before lunch, we wanted to surprise her with a car ride and meal out.  Little did I know that I was to be given the greater gift.

Lee, our 97 year old friend.

Lee, our 97 year old friend.

After no answer to my knock on her door, we went to the dining room to continue our search where we found her already seated for her meal.  To gain her attention, I laid my hand on her shoulder and greeted her.  She looked up at me, smiling with a radiance which reached my heart.  As I knelt down beside her she cupped my face in her hands and kissed me repeatedly.  I was wrapped in a joyous greeting.  It was a rare and holy salutation Lee extended to me.  I soon realized that she had thought that she would never see me again.

How many comings and goings do our days and weeks and months and years engender?  How many greetings and welcomes are given and received perfunctorily?  How many times do we let the words slip from our mouths or wash over our heads?  Lee’s gnarled hands and tender lips left a deep imprint on my soul.  I felt loved and connected.  Her greeting gave me a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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3 Responses to Kingdom foretaste

  1. Sally says:

    Lee attended our last Young at Heart luncheon – what a pleasant surprise. She is such a lovely and amazing woman. God Bless her!!

  2. local_god says:

    I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

  3. don says:

    Thank you for your comment. We will be looking at more visiual content. Thanks foir the suggestion.

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