In a little bit we'll be heading over next door for Baby John's Christening lunch. (Bruce had to sing both services at church or we'd have gone to the actual Christening.) As I wrapped Baby John's gift, I was thinking about the importance of honoring other people's religious and spiritual beliefs. Since I was raised an Episcopalian at the very church where today's service is taking place, I realized while I know what that particular Church's belief is, I really don't know what his parent's spiritual path and beliefs might be. No matter what I believe, it's hugely important for me to be mindful and respectful of the beliefs or spiritual practice of others.
With that in mind, I bought Baby John a children's book called The Invisible String. It's a short story about two little twins--boy and a girl--who become afraid of being separated from their mom during a noisy thunder storm so their mom explains the idea of the Invisible String--the one that ties us all together, always and forever, even when we can't see each other or when someone is already in Heaven.
It's the sweetest story and is such a comforting way to explain an otherwise abstract concept that no matter what, no matter what we believe or how we practice our religion or spiritual lives, or even where we are, we are all connected. We are all one.
I thought it was a wonderful concept to remember, as we enter this holiday season.