Posted by: Bob Clark | February 24, 2010

Rubbernecking

Have you ever railed against rubberneckers only to find yourself slowing down to gawk when passing the scene of a car wreck? You look at the tangled vehicles and start asking questions. Was anyone hurt? What caused this crash? Do I know any of these people?

The headline caught my eye and while I tried to keep moving, I slowed down to read the story and gawk at a different kind of wreck.

The headline?  “Children Fight Over Mother’s Ashes” was what caught my eye.

The wreck? Well, an eccentric artist died and left her estate to one son rather than the three other children she considered estranged. She refused to have a funeral and requested to be buried with her pets under a rose in her garden. Fighting ensued with the children arguing over where and how she would be buried. The estranged children even accused the favored brother of scattering their mother’s ashes without them and replacing her ashes with wood ashes in an urn.

Again I found myself asking the usual questions. Was anyone hurt? Not only have people been hurt, but the damage might well go on for generations. What caused this crash? My guess is there is enough sin to go around in this story. Do I know any of these people? While I have never met the artist or her family, I know these people well, don’t you? Fighting, bickering, quarreling people.

Sometimes when you rubberneck you see things that afterward you would like to “unsee.” Such is the case with this story.  Some ancient words provided just the cleansing my mind needed.

Psalm 133 (NLT)

“How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!

For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.

Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.

And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting.”

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