The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Pastor Sean Fry
New Beginnings Baptist Church 

Pastor's Corner

You may not get another opportunity for a relationship


October 26, 2017 | View PDF

As I write this article our town is mourning the loss of one of our librarians, Presence Bissonette. I’ll be honest, I did not even know Presence’s name before this weekend but I know her smile. When we would go into the library to pick up books or DVDs she always greeted us and knew who we were. She had a special connection to my son; they were both Michigan footbal fans. One weekend we were picking up some items at the library and saying hi and bye and the next she was gone and we’ll never get to see her again.

At this point I suspect a number of us are wondering why this happened. Certainly we feel the sense of loss, my family and I will never have our greeting nor our discussion on Michigan State football again with her. This should also remind us that life is unpredictable. As I tried to sort this out in my own mind I came to the conclusion that all too often we don’t take time for the people in our lives. Sure, it’s easy to take time with family and close friends; they are usually close and in constant contact. But, outside of that a lot of times the busyness of life takes over. The big game is starting and we have to get home. Other errands have to get done and we don’t have much time. So, we rush off to the next thing without thinking that this could be the last time we talk to someone who is in our life but not really a part of it.

I’d like to encourage you. The next time you are in a store chatting with the clerk over your groceries, the next time you see that person in the post office that you just normally wave to, or wherever you go and see someone who you might otherwise just pass by because you’re in a rush, take a second and say hi. Take just a moment and ask how they are doing and if it takes a little while don’t worry about the game or whatever errand you need to get done. There will always be another game, another trip to the market, but you may not get another opportunity for that relationship. In the end, it’s the relationships that really count.


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