Dear Honey Run Friends,
This summer I celebrated a milestone birthday, and the days leading up to it had me in deep reflection. Never before had I experienced the thoughts that were running through my mind. Thoughts of, have I used my time wisely, what is the next phase of life going to look like for me, what do I want out of the remaining days of my life? As I reflected on these questions, I began counting down the days I have left in this life, rather than looking forward to the days to come. This was not a completely melancholy exercise, because I also remembered the earlier days and adventures of my life which brought me joy.
While getting older and realizing that my days are numbered in this life does come with some sadness, it also brings the joy of a life lived and hope for the future. I am a firm believer that there is life after this life and that my time here on earth is just a blip of my eternal existence. C.S. Lewis puts it best – all the adventures we have ever had will end up being only “the cover and the title page.” Finally, we will begin “Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
Milestones can be sad or joyous, but they must be celebrated and remembered. I have witnessed guests at The Inn at Honey Run celebrating weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and celebrations of being disease-free. Meanwhile, I have also observed widows remembering great retreats at The Inn with their loved ones, young couples mourning the loss of an infant, and cancer-laden patients making final memories. Whatever your milestone is, The Inn is here for you to write another paragraph in your story of life.
I pray for blessings for each of your milestones!