Letters from a Pastor to His People- October 7, 2018
A boy once asked his mom where human beings came from. "From God," she said. "God created us, starting with Adam and Eve." The boy then went off and asked his dad the same question. "We descended from apes," came the father's response. When the boy went back to his mother and told her the contradicting answer, the mother said. "That's okay, honey. Dad is just telling you his family tree. I'm telling you mine."
Ah, marriage, the topic of our readings this week. What shall I say about it?
Sticking with the joke theme, my grandpa likes to kid, when asked how he and my grandma, married for nearly 60 years, have persevered, "we go out to dinner twice a week...she goes Mondays, I go Wednesdays."
I wonder if there's some wisdom in that. Temporary separation is healthy in any situation and in any relationship. We need time off. We need vacations. We need "alone time." Time away not only refreshes us, it also gives us an appreciation for what/who we have.
Let's be clear, though. We're never completely separated from our spouse or work or whatever. It's not like a husband who takes a golfing trip with his friends is "unmarried" and single for those five days. Or the fireman ceases in his heart to be a fireman during furlough.