Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are
children born in one's youth. Psalm 127:4
I spent the evening of my birthday with my family: two daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren and my wife. It felt good.
A number of things crossed my mind and heart
- I didn't do half bad.
- How did I get so lucky as to have convinced a woman like my wife to marry me?
- I really do like my grandchildren. We oddly speak a common language that I did not share with my girls when they were in their youth.
- The world of my youth is light years away from that of my grandkids.
- My girls, in their 30's, are still in flux. I was finishing a career in upper management of the oil industry by then; ready to start a new career as priest.
- A lot of things just do not matter any more. They were so important in my youth.
- What?!! I have a granddaughter in high school?!!!
- What will it be like to exit center stage?
- I'm slowing down.
- What will my next career be?
- Where did the years go?
- I miss my mom: that feisty, spiritual, chain smoking, truck-stop-coffee-drinking dynamo ("I may be small, but I'm mighty!" she used to say.)
- I have a few, fantastic friends.
- I have a church of wonderfully crazy God-lovers who are up for anything. I love their energy.
- Yeah, for mentors (Thanks, Carl, Leo, Rick, and John)
- Did I really do that in my youth?
- I want to give.
- I am content.
God is good. Thanks, God.