Saturday, June 26, 2010

Skeletons and ghosts

For a parting gift to the nephews, Grandpa gave them each a mortal weapon - a boomerang. We had not known it would become a weapon but oftentimes that is what happens when you hand young boys objects. Nephew J, unaware of his own strength and untamed
boomerang prowess was a good quarter mile from the porch where the gaggle of senior folk were placidly gumming their lunch.
We didn't know how far a boomerang could travel but surely not that far. We were wrong. The boomerang stayed aloft circling like a buzzard homing in on the weak and defenseless. And then like a lazer guided missile it blasted right for the porch as we all watched in horror. God, in His infinite goodness, steered it on a miraculous paper-thin path between the octogenarians who all gulped some extra oxygen but otherwise remained unscathed.

Vacation over, the nephews chugged homeward in one direction, as we headed off in another. We met Matt and his girlfriend Karissa in the lovely historic town of Lexington,home to the college that Robert E Lee once presided over and where Matt will attend law school.

We wandered the campus and came upon the plaque nailed to a stable
that informed us this was the home of Traveller, Lee's famous and beloved horse. Asherel told us that Traveller's skeleton is in a nearby museum.

I understand the sentiment that would propel someone to keep the skeleton of a loved one near. As we wandered through the ancient cemetary where Stonewall Jackson was buried, the ghosts of the past shimmered before my eyes. Historic places always do that to me, conjure images of life romanticized and peaceful with horse drawn carriages and families that never moved away from each other. I find it a bit extreme but can relate to keeping the skeleton of Traveller, the boomerang longing in mortal life. We want it back , those precious moments of the past we know in reality cannot return. But I believe all creation is imbued with symbolism that points us back to the Creator. To live, we must die to self, and like newborn babes be born again to the simple faith that sometimes defies our adult understanding. It is the boomerang that circles back not as a weapon but as life- eternal life.

John 3:3-6
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. " [4] "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" [5] Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. [6] Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Nothing is impossible with God.


  1. Yes, but did you use a GPS or an iPad to calculate your trip home?

  2. we used GPS and Dad got us messed up insisting we follow the Ipad.
    But actually, I do like the iPad.