By Betsy Hall
As I sat rocking my youngest grandchild Barrett, a phrase kept running through my head: “Remember these days.” I know the opportunities to hold this baby boy are limited by his age (he is already 10 months!) and distance from me (he lives in Columbus). I want to take advantage of them while I can. How blessed I am at my age to have 4 healthy grandchildren and to still have the energy to play with them and set positive examples for them as they go through their lives. But the remembering part is what I hope I will always hold in my heart.
It occurred to me that this feeling is not unlike what many of the PRP members and friends may be feeling right now. “Remember these days.” As we go through the next few months, perhaps doing things for the final time, we need to cherish the rituals and memories we have developed. Filling the cross with flowers during the Easter morning service. Eating a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the scouts on Scout Sunday. Singing our special version of “Glory to God” with hands raised in praise at the end. That doesn’t mean that these rituals will disappear (just like my grandchildren won’t!); however, they will change and evolve. And we will create new and meaningful ones.
I think back to when I first joined PRP in the early 2000’s. The worship service looks very different today. Sadly, we no longer have a choir or a children’s message. But we now livestream our services and can reach those who may not choose or who are unable to worship in person. We have a wonderful duo, Greg and Nancy Hudson, who bring their spirit- and faith-filled music to us every Sunday. And we have developed a mission—the Practical Grace Non-food Pantry—that has served our community for over 10 years! I love the way PRP recognizes and changes with the times. It shows we are looking forward—not backward. Just like I want my grandchildren to do in their lives. Each year, they all (except for little Barrett—but that time will come) look forward to their birthdays. Not one of them says “I want to go back and be ___ years old again.” I believe humans are wired that way.
Can you imagine how members of the congregation felt when PRP moved to its current home in 1958? There was tremendous excitement about the new, larger, more modern facilities along with sadness as the old church building was abandoned and later demolished. We can look forward to the possible repurposing of our building to benefit the community. Please make sure your voice is heard at the Congregational Meeting Saturday, October 21, 2-4 PM. And don’t forget to “Remember these days.”