This week’s article is written by Jan VanMeter, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road, Godfrey.
John Lubbock wrote: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
Nor is a late night, lying under the stars: This last week on Friday evening my grandson, Josh, his wife and baby boy, along with friends, threw a blanket down on the grass at our house in the country and waited for the meteor shower, which was to occur between 2:30 and 4 a.m. Saturday morning. My granddaughter, Kellie, said they were not disappointed and were able to see two different displays while they enjoyed one another’s company, talking in the dark and looking to the sky. However, their son James, our great-grandson, slept right through it. I imagine, though, he will be told about this moment he missed when he gets older and maybe they can relive a moment under the stars with him then.
Most of our early memories of events are told to us by our parents. Sometimes because they remember these events for us, it is actually as if we remember them ourselves. A memory such as lying under the stars waiting for a meteor shower can become a great story to a child and become his.
The prophet Isaiah who lived almost 3,000 years ago stated: “It is He that... stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.”