Just some thoughts:
Often I go to the Station Inn in downtown Nashville. Today it is the only place where one can hear Bluegrass music and anything close to traditional country music in Nashville.
You will not impress if you go there with the inside looks. The place will seat about 100 plus and nothing matches. The chairs, tables, etc look like and probably were gotten at a flea market or a yard sale. And not a recent one at that. One does not go there thinking about southern refinement. There are “no reservations” taken, it’s come on in and find yourself a place.
The other night I sat down at a table with seven or eight other folks. Shortly after sitting down one of the people at the table introduced this older man sitting at the table saying, ” My friend here, Calvin just celebrated his 90th birthday this past week. I brought him here tonight for his birthday.”
Congratulations were said to Calvin, a beverage of his choice was ordered for him. Upon arrival of his beverage a young lady at the table pointed at him and said. ” I’d like to ask you a question, a man who has lived this many years on this earth, what might be a bit of wisdom or thought you could give to the rest of us?” The old man (looked a bit like Ole’ Rivers–Walter Brennan) taking a drink of his beverage then said “Well if your lookin’ for answers you might well remember… age….. will not answer all of life’s questions.”
I took a napkin and wrote down that line. “Age will not answer all of life’s questions.” How true. Some questions in life may be answered by time and experience, but not all. I once heard it said, “There are no secrets at funerals.” To which I don’t agree. Sometimes funerals can create questions never before thought about, let alone answered.
In April of 2016 I was at my biological mother’s funeral. When I was introduced the one introducing me said “This is her first and oldest child.” The look, expression on the person I was being introduced to, something said to me, this introduction had created more questions in their mind and answered none.
As a young boy on ocassion I used to attend church with my grandmother at a little country church just a bit south of Sullivan, Indiana. An old hymn they used to sing was “Farther Along.”
The drift of the song was farther along understanding of matters will come. Even understand why. Well, that may be true but I don’t think that means that all our questions will be answered in our lifetime.
Tempted and tried we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
We’ll understand it all by and by
That by and by business…maybe that’s not in the here and now.
I still have some remaining questions. You?
And like Calvin…I don’t think age has or will answer all my questions.
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August 23, 2018