A Safe Haven in the Midst of a Storm
As grandparents, Mimi and I are blessed with three wonderful grandchildren. At ages 7, 5 and 3, they are involved in soccer, T-Ball, swimming, dance recitals, parties and the list goes on. All filled with Kodak moments.
I am further blessed in that I have a wife and a daughter who love to take pictures and capture every cherished moment, every smile, every event. I love looking at these many photos. They captured a point in time. They represent special memories of very special people in our lives.
When I look at those photos, I also see happy children enjoying a happy, active home life surrounded by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends who love them. They are growing up in an environment where their home is a great place to be.
That is what we all need to strive for. Whether we are alone, an elderly couple aging together, part of an extended family…whatever the living arrangements, we need to make an effort to make our living conditions, no matter how modest or how luxurious, a home…a place of comfort and security. With prayer, with a little effort, with a small amount of decorating, with precious photos, books and momemtos, we can make the place we spend the most amount of time a safe haven.
People have to deal with a lot of pressure these days. The workplace is damanding. The news is depressing. Schools are often hostile environments. The pace of life is out of control. Even driving from place to place is stressful in most large cities.
Where can a person find shelter in such a climate? If it’s not at home, then it probably isn’t anywhere.
A reporter once asked President Theodore Roosevelt with whom he most enjoyed spending his time. He responded that he would rather spend time with his family than with any on the world’s notables. For him, and for his family, home was a safe haven in the midst of a storm.