I recently got a last minute
phone call about a birthday party for a long time friend, so I went. I was
pleasantly surprised to see faces at that birthday party that I hadn't seen
in a very long time. A comment
was made at that birthday party by this friend. He mentioned
that it would be nice to 'go visit' at 'The Garden's'. After exchanging contact information and chatting
a while, we departed.
This reunion of sorts got me to thinking and
remembering. Well, conversations continued in the weeks ahead and one person
mentioned the difficult feelings they had in returning to the place we
remember as 'the Garden's' for a conference, and then the peace they gained
from the Creator after having done so. Others have mentioned a desire
to be involved in any gathering that might take place. So,
I decided to create a little website, a possibly way to begin a process of
'getting in touch', so to speak.
If you were once part of this 'Mishpaha' from
The Garden's, I'd like to encourage you to take that first step and
help me create an active network for ongoing communication, support,
and for no other reason than to get back in touch. There are plenty of
people that I would love to hear from again and see their smiling faces, and
I suspect there are others who feel the same way,....and think about this for second:
Why not triumph over the ugly legacy of memories and destroyed lives that we
were left with. Own the good, but release the bad that might be all
bottled up inside and not accept the gift that was handed to us. If you
have been able to work past this.....good. I thought I had, until
events brought out feelings that I'd forgotten and buried. Not good
stuff for the soul! How about those who haven't? How about those long
lost friendships? These 'things' that were buried within only serve to
fester, to cause problems in our lives, depression, and the like....
I have a friend that I haven't seen
since I was between 18 and 21. She said something to me then, wise words to the
effect, " Ignoring a problem won't make it go away. You have to
work through it...It must be dealt with.."
She was right, her words have stayed
with me through the military and life. She also gave me a little
mirror on a wooden base. It has a picture of a tree on a shoreline
with a sailboat out on the water. I still have it. On this
mirror is written 'PRAY WITHOUT CEASING' 1 Thess. 5:17. And
my prayers are continually with you.
Our sailboats are out on the waters of
life, but we can still keep them connected to each other through prayer, a
phone call and even an email every once in a while. Maybe even have a
barbeque someplace and call it a reunion or something, any excuse for good
food and a little jewish music. I had to throw that in.
I know this is only a simple little
site, but I hope it will suit the purpose of being a catalyst. It has only
just recently been put together....other additions may be added later.