“All good things are circular.” ― Kiersten White,
The circle of life came very clear to me recently when my Mom was in a physical therapy rehab center. As weeks went by she learned many of her old friends are residents at the same life style facility where her needs were being met. Each person had been a part of her “church family” some five decades ago while raising young families. Through church related activities they’d shared, experiences such as teaching Sunday School or Vacation Bible School, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and serving different positions as members of the same congregation.
She fell out of touch with some of her “church family” many years ago. I’m sure she thought most had moved onto another realm. At first glance some of her old friends were unrecognizable because their physical appearance had been altered by the natural aging process. Many had been faced with lifetime events which alters the spirit such as illness, death, family misfortunes and unexpected challenges.
Her memory of how each relationship was interwoven with her past life was impressive. After reuniting with each of her old friends, she remarked how “she still liked all of them for the very same reasons she did many, many decades ago.”
Reconnecting with her “church family” seemed to have a healing influence on her spirit as she went about mending her physical body. Perhaps living testimony that “Church is not something you go to, it’s a family you belong to.”