When living in "The Quiet Corner" of Connecticut, my family and I were close friends with Jimmie (Virginia) and Bob Booth who owned "The Golden Lamb Buttery". This is a well known and unique restaurant where we enjoyed holidays and many other wonderful celebrations.
Anyone who has been to The Golden Lamb Buttery would tell you about the joyous greeting you would receive; the photos that would be taken by Bob; the personal attention given by Jimmie; the delicious dining in the attractive barn setting. It was an experience and a special place where even a hayride was included.
I returned recently and could not wait to share my photos from the past. Bob had taken them in the restaurant and in their home. Not long ago the Booths passed away, but those golden memories were part of me. Besides, a member of the family now owns all of the surroundings and might like to see the photos.
I soon found that returning to the past is often a disappointment. The surroundings may look similar, but the feeling, the "welcome", the love is not "in the air".
After having lunch, I got into the car to return home with a bit of melancholy and an hour and a half to think. As I drove through the countryside and the beauty of it, my thoughts naturally turned to God. What wonderful thoughts I began to have.
God will never change. He will always be with you. If there is disappointment or grief, He is there to comfort. If there is joy, He is there to share. Thinking back on my past, He was always my companion.
When I returned home, I thanked God that He was with me all the way - with my thoughts and my miniscule bit of disappointment.
That night, I looked at the photos again, and thanked God once more for those wonderful fond memories.
God's love is always "in the air".