Mill Creek Musings 7/4/09

Small children hold a parent's hand when crossing the street. The elderly rely on their canes or perhaps a helpful Boy Scout.

In between babyhood and old age, the onus is on us to stop, look and listen, and to check both ways before crossing or entering an intersection. When merging into Northway traffic, we rely on our side and rear view mirrors to help us see what's coming from behind.

But there's no crystal ball to reveal the future. In the 1956 movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Doris Day sang: "When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother 'What will I be: Will I be pretty, will I be rich? Here's what she said to me: 'Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be. The future's not ours to see. Que sera, sera, what will be, will be'".

Some folks don't accept this fatalistic response. They go to fortune tellers for a reading or ask questions of their ouija board. Personally, I like to break open Chinese fortune cookies, and I read my horoscope each day. In today's paper it said, "You take charge of your actions".

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Eat, Pray Love, says "Destiny is a play between divine grace and willful self-effort. Half of it you have no control over, half of it is absolutely in your hands and your actions will show measurable consequences...We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side by side horses - one foot is on the horse called "Fate" and the other on the horse called "Free Will".

Circus performers eventually retire from the ring, and once we dismount the pace slows. In our golden years, as we face the uncertainties of life, it is good to know that we have a support system upon whom we can rely for a hand up and the warmth of a friendly touch. The motto of North Country Ministry is: "Lending a Helping Hand".

But we must first acknowledge our need and reach out.

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