Rejoice in Christ always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. Jesus is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 4 – 7
Here is what I see: I see gentleness being lived in community.
Every Wednesday at 8:00 AM I meet with men from the church for bible study. They have been at this for years. They are seasoned souls who have lived a lot of life and they are beautiful.
And, they are getting on in years. We check in with each other weekly and the list of bodily challenges is as varied as the men around the table. There is a constancy in the sharing: Growing older involves the deeply spiritual discipline of letting go.
Some of the men around the table have “had the talk” with their children. In a poigniant and circular playing out of love, their children have asked to share with them a fact of life: they are worried about their parents driving. They believe that getting behind the wheel of a car is not safe any longer. They love their dads enough to share their concerns.
It is hard to go from being the co-maker of family law to the recepient of same.
The beauty that I see is their willingness to reflect upon the changes they are experiencing. There is laughter thrown in and there is a lot of grace.
What moved me in the “let your gentleness be known to everyone” department happened as I was leaving for a meeting directly following bible study. Out in the parking lot, the men who drive were loading up their cars with the bible study members who no longer drive.
They ushered each other into the waiting chariots with a sense of reverence and care.
The promise of “Jesus is near” was made flesh in the parking lot of our church. Ninety-three year olds drive the snowy streets of South Minneapolis in order that their brothers might sit at table and unpack scripture.