Meditation Monday – March 15, 2021

At a playground, a woman sits down next to a man seated on a park bench. “That’s my son over there,” she tells him, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater, gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweatshirt.” Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?”

Todd pleaded, “Dad, just five more minutes. Please? Just five more minutes.”

The man nodded, and Todd continued swinging, his demeanor elated. Many minutes passed and the father called again to his son. “Todd, what do you think? Time to go now?”

Again, Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “Okay.”

“My,” the woman said, surprised. “You certainly are a patient father.”

The man smiled, and said, “Last year, my older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver while he was riding his bike, not far from here. I never spent much time with Tommy. And now, I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. So, I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. But the truth really is, I get five more minutes to watch him play.”

This story does my heart good. One of those stories that can, with time, penetrate and nourish our spirit. When we read such stories,It is just too easy to rush in for resolution or declaration of meaning. In doing so, we  might just miss the Holy Spirit’s gentle whisper in our souls. So, Just take 5 more minutes to sit with this meditation and listen well to what the Spirit may have for you.

Adapted from “This is the Life” by Terry Hersey

Sharon Ross, Minister of Spiritual Formation
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids