Reflection by Becky Arendt, a parishioner
My grandpa use to keep a small blackboard (double-sided) hanging on his wall in the basement. We would write short notes to each other - he would write on one side and I would answer on the other. I think I was around 11 years old when we began doing this. I remember feeling safe enough to tell him things that I normally wouldn't say out loud... maybe that was his plan. There was a lot of advice and a lot of "I love you's". This man was my biggest cheerleader and hero and when he died, I thought my heart would never mend. But those years we spent writing notes to each other will always remain a blessing.
I still have that blackboard and the last note he wrote to me is still on it. It's a poem by Edwin Markham and it reads, "He drew a circle that shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had wit to win, we drew a circle that took him in." It was great advice to a 13 year old girl who felt like she didn't fit in. He would always tell me, " If they shut you out, you just got to draw your circle bigger!". That quote has come up quite a bit though the years and has been passed along as advice to family and friends who needed it along the way. So I thought I would share it with you. If you're not feelin the love today, draw your circle bigger.
+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.