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I look forward to holidays, spending time with family and friends. But, also look forward to returning to my regular routine.

At the church I attend (Wesley’s Chapel UMC, near Elizabethtown), I look around at the congregation. Many I would have never met had we all not decided this place of worship is where we wanted to be. Our senior citizens (Golden Nuggets) come from such a varied background. At out last meeting, several shared their past, where they came from, highlights along the way, their family and any other tidbits of info that makes them who they are today. Loved it.

I compared with my early childhood when I could look around in church and I knew every one. … I grew up with them, worshipped with them, knew their family and how they earned their ‘daily keep.’

Nothing wrong with either, just wonder if we take time to know who our new neighbors are, how we arrived at the same location. Our thought process is often determined by where we began. Too often, we have no idea the road traveled by those we meet, those we worship with, those we do not understand. We fail to pause and remember our roads traveled was so different.

Sorry, just thinking out loud.

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way your are.

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” Confucius

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” Plutarch

robert g hester
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