Monday, February 27, 2012

The Station

Good morning.
Last night was my first Hastings City Library Board meeting since Mayor Bob had appointed me this past Dec. to the council. I really enjoyed the meeting, although I wasn't up to speed on half that went on .... but nonetheless, my fellow Board members are really nice people and have a 'community' love at heart that is refreshing.

In doing a little research on our town early this morning I came across a poem, "The Station," quoted by our recently retired Judge Fisher. I've really enjoyed this poem because of its 'transcendence' of going from one phase of life to another, knowing that no phase is permanent, only eternity is. A few points of interest before I share a portion of that poem with you. The author's name is Dr. Robert J. Hastings; no no ties to Hastings, he was born, lived in Illinois. The author was a writer for Broadman Christian press. Some artist drew a train depot on the same paper as the poem and in many ways it looks like our old train depot on Apple Street ............. now maybe these are coincidences or I'm just seeing things. I guess the older you get the more you see things more thru the lens of what you want to see!

Here's the part of the poem I really enjoy:
Sooner or later we must realize there is no station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy. The station is an illusion ... it
constantly outdistances us. Yesterday's a memory, tomorrow's a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday's a fading sunset, tomorrows
a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live.
So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It isn't the burdens of
today that drive men mad, but rather regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.
Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.
"Relish the moment" is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24
'This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.'"

Rejoice now, there is a divine reason why God has chosen life for you today!
HIS peace

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