After a night of heavy rain and gusty wind, dawn was a welcome relief this morning in Richmond, Virginia. The weekend was defined by water. A change of venue, a train delayed, and tears of celebration – all related to the weather.
It seems as if water defines us. It is, after all, the essence of life. I am drawn to the water and always have been. In fact, I bought my first boat when I was just ten years old. I delivered a lot of newspapers to make that purchase. Gainfully employed and a small boat owner at the age of ten, what a memory!
Yes, water defines us, and we tend to adapt to its ever-changing course. If we fail to do so, the consequences can and often are most unpleasant. Saturday morning the wedding party adapted to the change of venue and the results were oh so lovely. Sunday morning the train arrived 14 hours late and its passengers, while tired and grumpy, all survived the trip. Yes, life goes on, despite the weather.
For those who lost their lives this week in the presence of nature’s fury, we grieve for you… for your past, for your present, and most of all, for your future. You will not be forgotten. Our hands will not cover our eyes. Your lives will be celebrated.
My tears of celebration this weekend were also weather related. Just think about it… aren’t your tears related to the weather, too? After all, our mind and body produce the seasons of our existence. We are the master of our cloudy days, our sun-showers, and even our rainbows. They are as much a part of us as we are a part of them.
On stormy days we celebrate with tears of sorrow. On sunny days we celebrate with tears of joy. On “heart” days we celebrate with the river of life. A river overflowing with the tears of the world that come together to make us who we are and to shape us into who we will become.
Yes, I am as much a part of the river of life as the river of life is a part of me.
So today, as the storm clouds pass and head out to sea, I ask this of you…
Come cry with me!
Come laugh with me!
Come rejoice with me!
Come celebrate with me!
Together we shall bathe in the river of life!