In a scene in Eugene Ionesco’s play The Bald Soprano, a man and a woman strike up a conversation over dinner. They smile at the fact that they both rode downtown on the same commuter train that morning, that both are married, and, -- will coincidences never cease, that they both live on the same floor in the same apartment complex! The parallels between them become uncanny when it turns out that each of them has three children who just happen to have the same names. Lo and behold, to their embarrassment, they discover they are husband and wife, -- married for the past fifteen years! This is Eugene Ionesco’s wicked parody of modern family life. That we eat, sleep, work, grow old and die together all without really meeting -- without really knowing one another. If your wives were missing, you husbands, could you provide to the police a description of them? I remember actually having days when I came home at the end of the work day to an empty house and had no clue where my family was. I had been told that morning, but I had forgotten.
Simply put, we are the busiest, and the loneliest people in the world. Our children are over-scheduled and under-noticed. We pack them off to Little League, and summer camp, and music lessons, and swim lessons, and this way, and that way, and we wonder why we don’t know what they’re thinking. As adults we’re dashing off to this club and that committee, to church, and to work, to shopping, and to errands, and all the rest. And as grandparents, you may not be in that swirl of activity, and you have time on your hands, but no one to share it with. We go through life isolated from each other like electric wires, and then we wonder why life had lost its spark.
So, here is a question for you. Is there a way to break through that? Not just with one another, but with God! Well, we get the answer in Psalm 139, where God powerfully demonstrates his desire to know us.
Please join us for worship this Sunday, April 18, as we discuss further this beautifully poet psalm. You can join us in person at either 8:00 am or 10:30 am in our newly remodeled sanctuary, or at 10:30 am via Zoom, Facebook Live, and Youtube.