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fetscherDear Family,
I have a new special prayer intention. I pray that those of you who need to renew your driver licenses may be spared the in-person process. For some reason, which I never figured out, I couldn’t do it by mail as I usually did. I think it has something to do with my age. Maybe they need visible proof that I was still capable of independent movement.

Anyway Dr. Lang certified my sight and off I went. First, one hour outside the office. I stupidly went at 11:30 so you can image the heat. We all wound around hoping for the A.C. Then inside three more hours. The people who work there are all very nice. Still, you have no idea how much I kept praying, “O Lord, please let them call F701.” Is that how you feel waiting for your Bingo number to be called?

Finally, the voice came: “F-701, go to window 12.” The last time I moved that quick... actually, I don’t remember moving that quick before. After you turn in your documents, you go to another waiting area. In a little while, another voice from behind me called, “James... James Fstchur.” I knew she meant me and ‘Voila’ there it was, my new license with not one but TWO pictures of me. It’s good for eight years. I hope I will be here to use it.

I have no idea why I am telling you all this. Maybe it’s nice to have something to talk about other than Covid-19 and new variants.

I suspect that this week’s second reading from Ephesians might give me a clue: “... live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,...”

Why wouldn’t that encouragement from Paul apply to me in the Driver License Office? Not only did I need patience, but I could look around and see the example of a lot of people being patient too. I wasn’t in love with all those people, but knowing the Lord loves me lets me see them with eyes that tell me, “They all are me and I am one of them.” Who knew the Department of Motor Vehicles could offer such possibilities?

The first and third readings both tell of the wonderful feedings of many. Elisha and Jesus both tell their disci¬ples, “After you feed them, pick up the leftovers.” Abundance. That’s the point. Precisely because I have experienced abundance, I’m enabled to try and return the favor, even to the folks in the DMV.

Speaking of people coming into my life, today we celebrate the “WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY.” Tomorrow, July 26th, is the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. Pope Francis wrote a wonderful message which is called, “I Am With You Always.” Our own Anne (Gardner) went to the trouble of printing copies of the message and you can also find it at USSCB.org/resources. Our Annie is named after St Anne.

I only knew one grandparent very well, my Mom’s mom. Gram was a remarkable woman. She came to this country as a young 18 year-old “lass,” and by the time she was 30, she was a widow with four young children to raise.

She worked at the Children’s Center in New York and later at Farm Colony on Staten Island, a care facility for the elderly. When she retired, she came to Florida to live with us and her caring never stopped. I’ve told you the story about Gram being close to her death, and one day after I had told her I missed her - I had been away - she said, “Don’t waste your time missing people. Pay attention to the ones around you.”

So, what do Gram and the DMV have in common? I have no idea, but if she were here Gram could tell you.

In Jesus,
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