A helpful and needed conversation with an old friend tonight stirred so many priceless memories. I'm still in a quagmire of melancholy from being reminded of his distance from my life and the vacuum from that, so I'm only half sure of how this blog post will develop. My path took me from his proximity and those shared experiences that bonded us. And the convenience of closeness stopped. And the burdens came and time did its number on our relationship. Most of you know what I'm talking about. So many good friends that you grow distant from along the journey of life but they will forever hold a special and irreplaceable position in your heart. But talking tonight was like we haven't missed a beat. We were both fixing dinner for our kids and not using frozen food or microwave ovens. He is caring, intelligent, witty, giving, listening, attentive, provocative and loyal. He introduced me a long time ago to G.K. Chesterton.
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Isn't that an incredible thought? Of God's tireless energy and monotony and care and attentive faithfulness? Chesterton is one of the few who would think to call the Eternal God "younger than we". I'm so glad I began the day with Psalm 90 "from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" and ended with this thought that "our Father is younger than we." And, I get to end the day thankful for God's good, tangible gift of an incredible friend.