If we were having coffee, I would put my hand on your arm and tell you that I’m sorry.
Sorry that we didn’t spend more time together.
Sorry that I didn’t seek you out for a quiet tête-à-tête on Friday or Saturday.
Sorry that I didn’t thank you enough for giving up the concert on the first night so you could watch me eat chicken and corn-on-the-cob (which I didn’t actually eat). Or thank you enough for the beautiful gift you gave me.
I could give you all my excuses — a whole litany of them. Regarding my dad, and my husband, and my kids, and my situation, and a dozen other phrases that begin with “my”.
My litanies do not belong in any liturgy
I used to joke that my spiritual gift was worry. I am really good at it. But I won’t make that joke anymore. It’s not funny.
Worry is a thief. It robs me of the moment I am in.
It robbed me of the sweetest part of the weekend, of being fully present with people I love, people like you.
But this weekend opened my eyes to a deeper meaning of Jesus’ words — “Be not anxious for this life… but seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:24, 33)
I’m a slow learner.
But I’m learning.