Asleep in Your Friendship
“Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.”
Faith, while a mystery, has never been something I’ve really questioned. I think that unintentionally, I learned a lot about faith from my grandmother. I remember feeling guilty when she passed—that while hurting for myself and my family, I found grace in that moment in her hospital room. You see, her faith was so strong. So strong that I couldn’t help but share in it and find comfort in her eternal peace.
Years later, I have drawn upon that faith many times, but how do I employ faith as a constant in my life as opposed to a last line of defense? When I think of Advent, I think of the word preparation. As the church prepares to celebrate the nativity in this season of Advent, how too can I better prepare myself? We are all so busy; the time just seems to fly by, until boom! A moment arrives requiring us to call upon our faith: to get through, to give thanks, to ask for guidance. If I were able to engage my faith more often in my daily life, as opposed to accessing it primarily in those high stakes moments, I think I would be more prepared. I think I would listen more and talk less, show love and kindness more, carry less stress and anxiety, and maybe, most importantly, I might help to spread the blessing of faith to others without even knowing it! You see, I don’t believe grandma was trying to teach me anything about my faith; she was simply living hers.
Dave Raney `95 is Chair of the Board at Seattle Prep. He and his wife, Erin, are parents to Lauren (10) and Blake (8).