Half-way

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dear Linwood Family and Friends,

I have been sending out these “midweek” Wednesday emails to the Linwood Family and Friends for about four years now.  It is actually a continuation of a practice that I began years before at the church I served, Bay Presbyterian.  The original idea was to send out something that might provide a little encouragement, a little “pick-me-up,” in the middle of the week.  There are those who refer to Wednesday as “hump” day, meaning that once you get by Wednesday you can sail into the weekend (The assumption is that the weekend is to be preferred over the work week.  Of course there are also those who are more worn out by their weekends than by their work weeks, but that is another topic!).

It recently occurred to me that those of you who are privileged to be at Linwood this week, may view Wednesday very differently.  For those in the midst of a work week, Wednesday can certainly bring a sense of relief, particularly if you are eager to get to the next set of weekend events – or non-events.  However, if you are at Linwood, Wednesday may mean that the week is too quickly passing by!  “Slow down,” you might be tempted to say, “we don’t want this time to go by too quickly.”

Midpoints have a variety of meanings for us.  Of all the various birthdays, for me 50 – the BIG 5-0 – seemed like one of the most significant.  I found myself thinking, “No matter how you look at it, I have fewer years remaining than I have already had.”  Years ago Bob Bufford wrote a book called, Half-Time, dealing with the thoughts and questions that come at whatever you see to be the halfway point of your life.  The central premise of the book was that when many of us come to mid-life we begin to seek for significance as opposed to success.

There are some endeavors where we know with a fair amount of confidence when we are half-way.  A marathon runner knows when they are half-way.  When you paint a room, you know when you are half-way.  When you read a book, you know when you are half-way.  However, when it comes to life itself, no one really knows.  I may have decades upon decades to go – or I may have less than a day.  We can consult the actuaries, find out our life expectancy, and plan our lives in keeping with that.  But only God knows whether we have a day or ten thousand days.  This is not to say that we should not plan and prepare for the future.  However, the only earthly future that we know for sure is the day that God has given to us today.

We have a big week ahead of us a Linwood.  This Sunday we will be recognizing God’s incredible blessings given to our nation.  And then, next week includes all the big 4th of July festivities.  Make sure to read The Breeze.  It will be delivered to your cottage on Friday, or you can check it out online.  Go to Linwoodcouncil.org and click on “The Breeze.”

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Blessings on you,
Hu Auburn, Linwood Park Pastor

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