Last night I had a bit of an ironic experience. I was talking with some friends about the sadness of Alzheimer’s disease and the toll it takes on families. Very sad, difficult, and painful.
Then, before I went to bed, I watched about thirty minutes of “The Iron Lady,” in which Meryl Streep does a remarkable job portraying Margaret Thatcher, who was once the Prime Minister of England, and now suffers with Alzheimer’s herself. Such a brilliant mind to be lost to this disease.
If you haven’t seen the movie, you should check it out, even if it’s only to see Streep’s fine acting abilities.
Why did I want to write about this today? It’s because of a haunting line I heard last night.
“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
Herman Hess, Siddhartha
A few days ago, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about someone. Generally when this happens, I feel like I’m supposed to take a couple of minutes and pray for them, and that’s just what I did before dozing off again.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.”
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his wounds we were healed.” Isaiah 53:5
It is hard to believe another Good Friday is here. It’s a beautiful day in my area, and I’ve just come back from a walk. I’ll be heading off to church a bit later, but I sometimes feel like just getting out in nature helps me clear my mind before a long service.