Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 7/6/2018

Something to Think About

Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Chaplain

Jonathan, Kaylei, Chloe, Kara, Christopher, Kaylee, Brynne, Harper, and Brendon. We have a camp in Bristolville. Our camper is parked in a secluded, hickory wood on the north shore of Paradise Lake. Lorra and I “weekend” at our home-away-from-home. We perch on two gravity chairs under the leafy canopy. The birds offer a beautiful lullaby. Unwind, relax, calm down, recreate, rejuvenate – call it what you want, for this pastor and the pastor’s wife time in the woods is a necessary respite from the hustle of a “nine-to-five” week.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Last weekend, we had some visitors. Our grandchildren – Jonathan, Kaylei, Chloe, Kara, Christopher, Kaylee, Brynne, Harper, and Brendon, spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa. It was a wonderful interruption of the “weekend status quo.” We did not slow down for two days. The grandkids are a priority. When they show up everything else goes out the window.

Priorities are important. We all have them. Some written and others just understood. On occasion, we get the order wrong and as a result, we reap the consequences, both short and long-term. We have never said it – it’s an unspoken understanding with Lorra and I – but family is at the top of the list when it comes to priorities. I think the grandkids understand that too. I’m happy about that – that they understand.

What a busy weekend! There will be time to rest another day.

How about you? Do you struggle to keep life on an even keel? Consider the following story.

“Surprised to see an empty seat at the Super Bowl stadium.” A diehard fan remarked about the unusual empty seat to a woman sitting nearby. The woman explained, “it was my husband’s, but he died.”

“I’m very sorry,” the man replied, “yet I’m really surprised that another
relative, or friend, didn’t jump at the chance to take the seat reserved for him.”

The woman answered, “beats me, they all insisted on going to the funeral.”

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