Friday, June 26, 2009
And so we gathered.............in celebration of many things - first - our friendship which sustains and supports in good times and bad - for two young people "Ashley (Sophie) and Pete (Xander) who each graduated college with Masters Degrees AND became engaged with an October 2010 wedding date set in gold. (that's Ashley in the yellow top and Pete next to h er in blue). And our mate Dale - her birthday, her birth and life was honored and remembered with lemon everything. Oh how she loves lemon. (that's Dale in the peach dress) Oh yes, a gathering indeed.
The food was delicious - New York strips grilled to perfection - twice baked potatoes and a lovely green salad. A nice chardonnay, champagne, lemon filled birthday cake and Dale's strawberry shortcake with home made biscuits and whip cream. Oh my - such a gathering. We laughed heartily, ate well, celebrated so many blessings and blended together in purpose, music, food, delight and promise.
Gatherings are so purposeful. I love to gather with like thinking people with intended reason and honor a tradition or an event or just because. I have gathered at rallies for peace and anti war, I have gathered with others coming together to worship, I have gathered at funerals and cemeteries and and holiday meals with family. I have gathered at school events for my kids and concerts and movies and plays, weddings and court rooms and work meetings and planning committees. I have huddled in secluded places gathering with other wounded people trying to rise above tragedy. I have gathered with others against injustice at town halls and state capital stairs. I have gathered around our table to absorb some news of illness or death and just cried together and then began to figure out how to move forward through the experience. Oh to gather is to survive -
So I ask you, with whom do you gather - where do you gather and why do you gather? Gathering is effective on so many levels and there is strength in numbers. I cannot explore today when gatherings are intended to cause harm - let's all promise to come together - to gather in LOVE. Please listen to "The Young Bloods - Get Together" below.
Promise, please promise to gather in LOVE.
Posted by Gail at 10:34 AM