“Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or
sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human
|Approaching St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Nassau|
Sunday, December 14, 2014
|St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Nassau|
But the most powerful and moving was the “singing” of the Lord’s Prayer. The entire congregation held hands and we all sang from the depths of our hearts. To me, it emphasized a discussion I had the previous day about the power of prayer when two or more joined together. It was a very beautiful continuation and connection delivered by God. Later in the afternoon I returned to the church to photograph it in the evening sun for the blog, and was then blessed to meet Gerald.
Gerald is a man who lost his wife last year. He stood alone over a grave with a tombstone that gives only the names of his wife’s mother, her grandmother, yet even though his wife rests there now too, the stone does not honor his beautiful wife Bren Hilda. He knew she was there and that may be all that really matters. He is 59 and he knew her since he was 6, was married to her for 22 years, was deeply in love with her, and returns each week to her grave for strength to go on. We spoke of the true value in life being relationships, being love. We spoke of his children and their not yet realizing it is love and relationships that make life a beautiful thing. We spoke of life as a journey and we each arrive to that realization at our own time, when we are ready. I respected Gerald’s love, his faith, and his wisdom.
The real rhythm of this journey is beginning. It is about people, connection, and Love. Thank you Gerald for your reminding us of that. Tomorrow we start moving south again, down the Exumas and to Georgetown, God willing, by Monday the 22nd.