Go Forth In The Name of Ron
Yesterday we said our farewells to beloved members of our parish, Ron and Jonnie Sue. While we may see them again we won't see Jonnie Sue grooming our grounds or Ron vested as a Verger, or standing like a sentinel during the prayer of consecration. We won't see him moving Columbarium stones or climbing ladders and we won't see him fixing our computers. Many parishioners have commented on and will miss Ron's array of gifts, one of them being the wonderful Daily Cups he posted here. But there's one component of Ron's work that many of you probably haven't seen.
On Thursday last week Ron and I met so that I could understand the handful of people that Ron has been helping for years. These aren't parishioners or frustrated Microsoft Outlook users they are people that have come to depend on Ron, about once a month, for this or that. During the conversation Ron showed me his logbooks which record the date of every meeting and the Grace required so that Bill, or Jane, or Henry or Tom (I made those names up) could make it to work or fill a prescription. He also told me about the people - their circumstances, their families, for better or for worse, none of which he could verify. Most important I'm sure that this ministry of Ron's wasn't one that was listed in his job description or fall under the old "duties as otherwise required" rubric. And I'm also sure that Ron never told anybody about any of it. And that's just so Ron. Makes me think of Matthew 6.4 (please look that up and read a bit).
Go forth, in the name of Ron...
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn, will be our delight
till by turning, turning we come round right.
Happy Monday Ron,
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