Monday, October 25, 2010
“So in Everything”
“So in everything, do to others what you
would have then do to you, for this sums up
the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 7:12
We received the phone call. Our great-niece’s boyfriend had died. My husband’s sister called and suggested we go to the funeral
I didn’t want to go. I felt our presence wouldn’t be appreciated or understood. Our lifestyles were polar opposites. While I tried to fulfill my role as an aunt, I couldn’t condone the path this young woman walked.
I struggled with the decision my husband made, yes, we would attend this funeral, although we didn’t know the young man.
I sat at the kitchen table with my Bible opened. I found myself looking for the Golden Rule. When I found it, I noticed the introductory phrase, “So, in everything,” I stopped and thought about how this applied to my circumstance. I decided to start looking at this request as something I wanted to do rather than something I had to do.
When I left the house later that day, the leaves on the trees were move vivid with their summer color than I had ever seen. They seemed to dance in front of my eyes.
This memory came back to me when I heard one of our laymen speak recently. He told us he was a teenager and had accepted Christ before he noticed the green leaves on the trees and the birds singing in the air. I fully understood what he meant.