Kinship: Weaving the Net of Love
When my one and only uncle died suddenly at the age of 92, in accordance with his wishes, his graveside service and memorial service were arranged without delay. With little warning or preparation, I found myself in Ohio last week, saying a prayer at a graveside service, surrounded by a beautiful circle of relations that I had not seen for over ten years.
During our brief time together, I was reminded that my Ohio relations are gentle kin. They speak slowly and quietly. They linger in each other’s company. They listen graciously and smile warmly. They know how to feast. They are generous and nonjudgemental.
Laura is my second cousin, currently working on her PhD in history. When our suitcases failed to arrive, she kindly offered to bring my mom and I to the drug store to get toothbrushes. At the checkout counter, I bought three soft caramels and gave one to each of us as a tiny celebration of our togetherness. Later in the day, my mom handed me a plastic bag. It was full to the brim with caramels! Laura had mentioned the caramels to her dad, Doug, who went out and bought us a giant haul to take home! I was so touched! That evening, Doug and his wife Karen, my cousin, gave me a cheque to cover the cost of all three of our plane tickets. Again, we were undone by their kindness.
Acts of beauty.
Acts of generosity.
Poured out lavishly, like Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet in the face of death.
My aunt and uncle were married and loved each other deeply for 70 years. Within that circle of generative, generous love grew a wider circle of kin who know how to love. I think the kingdom of God often grows like that. Quietly. Behind the scenes. Through the little acts of beauty, repeated faithfully, again and again, over a long period of time.
I am home now, still pondering this legacy of my Ohio relations. My experience reminds me of the words of Paul in Gal 3:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
You matter. The little choices to love, that you offer each day, matter. The small acts you take to bend the universe towards love and justice matter. Keep being faithful to what you know to be true, even if you cannot see the harvest. Even if you never see the harvest in your lifetime, keep sowing seeds for the generations to come.
Deep peace and blessings.
Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor of the Church at Southpoint
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Even the Stones Cry Out
Luke 19: 28-40
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Speaker: Anne Smith
An Expansive Life
Luke 24: 1-12
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