“How can it be possible?” That question appeared on social media several times this past week. Sometimes baby, first day of school, and graduation photos give us glimpses of the journey that in our minds, happened too quickly.

You’re familiar with the scene. We dropped off our child for the first day of kindergarten. Now she’s walking to “Pomp and Circumstance” at her high school or college-graduation. As if we only blinked, we question, “Where has the time gone? How can this be possible?”

Time doesn’t stay still, well, except in a power outage when clocks remain fixed.

Solomon, thought to be the writer of Ecclesiastes, who according to tradition is the wisest man who ever lived, declares life contrasts in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”

We nod in agreement; we have those experiences throughout our life.

In our family, May is marked by three birthdays, Mother’s Day, end of school activities, and in some years, graduation. It’s a month when I blink several times, as I struggle to focus and mark the passage of time and seasons. We see it in the changing height and stages of grandchildren, but especially when we remember mothers and grandmothers no longer with us. We’re thankful their examples and legacy lives on and we can share that with our family.

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145: 4 (NIV)

I’ve watched my grands move from elementary school to holding jobs; from potty training to playing baseball; from playing board games with me to guiding me through installing apps on my mobile phone. And in another time observation, my daughters moved from my home to mother their children. Yes, there’s that too.

Generational and physical distance often separate us from lengthy conversations and daily involvement with our family. However, influence continues in many ways: capturing special times, making memories, and praying for them.  These links to resources may offer tailor-made ideas that would help you connect and foster close relationships with you and your family.

               What about you? How do you see influence as powerful?

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