This Practitioner Corner is by Rev. Ed Rosenback, R.Sc.P., Staff Minister and Practitioner Core Coordinator at First Church.     
  
 
 
 
In Remembrance of a Friend 
 
This article is primarily the work of Philip Harvey, a friend and classmate of mine as well as a member of First Church, who made his transition on October 29th of this year.  He wrote the following words to be shared after his passing.  (Philip was the man who fashioned our Teaching Symbol in the Sanctuary, hanging near the entryway; his wife Diana was the co-founder of our Women's Group, The Divine Divas.)  I trust you will embrace the positive note in his words and perhaps choose to savor Life a bit more.  
 
In lieu of flowers or donations, I request that you use those resources to take a day off, pick up your kids and/or grandkids or a niece or nephew, turn your cell phones off and go on a grand adventure!  
 
Not Disneyland or Six Flags, but a hike or a ride to a favorite place, a spot maybe you saw as magic as a youngster, a waterfall; watch them closely.  
 
Drink ice-cold lemonade and listen to the cubes tinkle in the glass.  Eat apples so fresh and crisp that they snap when you bite into them, peanuts in the shell, home-made sandwiches and maybe even some normally forbidden treats.  
 
Swim in natural water, not a chlorine-filled pool, but a lake or river, and, as you play, imagine being baptized yourself back into the magic of childhood.  
 
Ask them questions, how they think stuff works, what their happiest memory is, what their fears are; listen to their answers, tell them yours.  
 
Do stuff that makes them laugh, the harder the better; listen carefully, for in that laughter you can hear the Rush of Angel Wings.  Look deep into their eyes; those sparks and flashes of opal fire are their futures, your pasts.  
 
The world may not be aware of it yet, but you know, these, your children and your children's children are the very most special in the history of children.  Let them know it.  
 
When the day is done and the youngest fall into trouble-free sleep as only the innocent know, watch them close and see Love made visible.  Go ahead and give the older ones their cell phones and devices back and thank them for their patience and tell them you love them as Life Itself.    
 
One day. a long time from now, maybe when they have children, maybe you will be close to the end of your journey, and they will tell you a story and it will start with, "Do you remember that time?"  
 
And you and I will both smile.   
 
Thank you and bless you, Philip!  I share your words with our Church family in deference to you and in memory of your presence here, in reverence for the Life which Is and knows no end.  I love the closing comment, as it reminds me of Emerson ("the Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose").  May our smiles be swift and frequent!  
 
 
Blessed Be, one and all!    
Rev. Ed