Message in a Bottle

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One evening many years ago, a retreat guest who was staying in Black Bluff (that 7 room-building that hangs over the Frio River) wanted to chill a bottle of wine. He secured the bottle to the end of a string and carefully lowered it down the side of the building into the water below. Pleased with himself, he made his way to the Great Hall for the evening session.

The session came and went. Our guest, with a spring in his step, returned to his room and quietly hoisted the bottle up from the dark water. To his bewilderment, the bottle was empty, except for a handwritten note that read:

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

From a Laity Lodge newsletter, “Lighten Up

“It’s Good to Be Seen”

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I say to people, quite often really, “It is good to see you.”

And a few of my friends return their customary greeting, “It’s good to be seen.”

Most of those friends are older. They might add, “I’d rather be seen than be viewed.” In their stage of life, they go to their share of visitations and funerals. They’re happy to count one more day as a gift.

But there is another way this riposte could be interpreted. Not everyone feels seen. Some people feel isolated, alone.

A greeting, offered in kindness, could then be a salve, a healing balm, a reminder to another human being that they are valued, loved, welcomed, and included.

It’s good to see people.

And it’s good to be seen.