When Julia and Zuzu were younger, one of my favorite books to read with them was a picture book in poetry form called The Sound of Day, The Sound of Night by Mary O’Neill. The book follows a young family through their day of hustle and bustle: “Day sound / Is a clatter / Of soapsuds / And spatter…”. The pages continue through the usual chaotic sounds of a day, ending in the first half with “A day simply doesn’t know how to be still….”.
A day simply doesn’t know how to be still. I think of this as I run around taking kids to and fro, volunteering here and there, being inundated with new forms of media, and the usual daily goings on of life. One day I will be still?
A day simply doesn’t know how to be still. This phrase was underneath my fidgety pulse last Wednesday at 1:45pm when I had to be in the car in order to make it to GPPC in time for Del Lohuis’s memorial service. I wanted to attend and honor a man whom I’d met (along with his wonderful daughter, Ardyth) in Sunday school class. It was important – but a day just doesn’t know how to be still.
While singing hymns interspersed with scripture readings, liturgy, and stories of Del’s life, I began to feel the fidgets leaving. It was not an easy thing, but I found as we sang and remembered this lovely person that together our workaday pulses began to shift. All too quickly the service was over and I did have to go get my kids from school. I looked up and saw Eleanor, Jess, and David all sitting up a few pews. Jess turned, caught my eye, and smiled. I pantomimed, “drive, baby, house,” meaning (of course) I have to run and get my kids. Jess nodded in understanding and at that moment I was filled with unbelievable joy. And then I realized that Jess and Noell are about to have a baby and the circle of life that is so rich in community was coming around again. Joy.
Maybe, just maybe, when we stop to honor a wonderful person and remember the coming of new life…then just maybe a day knows how to be still.
Kate is the mother of two amazing girls and is married to Andrew. She truly feels she hit the jackpot with all three! A member since 2010, Kate is taking an active roll in coordinating the Struggling with Scripture class that meets on Sunday mornings.