Faces in the Crowd
Rev. Joy Mounts, Associate Minister
The bored faces.
The anxious smiles.
The watch looking.
The foot tapping, tapping.
The loud cell phone conversations overheard and
The line that moves so slow roots begin to take hold in the
So that stumbling may occur when asked to move forward.
The coat too hot to wear but too cumbersome to take off and
The flu shots.
Coughing all around.
The looking everywhere but ahead.
So as not to see how long the line really is.
“Sorry sir, your meds were sent to another pharmacy.”
“No, your doctor never called that in.”
“They were already waiting to pick up a prescription; they get
to go before you.”
“You are in the wrong line.”
Shifting back and forth.
Worries etched in deepening lines.
Each in a personal space.
Don’t get too close.
Just smile and sigh at each other.
Maybe shrug from time to time.
A child plays with the ropes keeping everyone in line.
The adults wish they were young enough to get away with
Will I never get there?
Will I have to leave the line so I won’t be late for...?
And every one a child of God.
It’s that time of year when we often find ourselves in CVS or Walgreens needing something for our cold or flu and it is the last place we want to be. Where waiting seems to be the only game in town. Our coats insulate us from each other and we often see our fellow travelers as obstacles to getting what we want so we can get out of there. I was reminded of this as I was waiting to pick some- thing up. And then it struck me. Who we all were. How loved each one was. Including me. And at least for that moment, it made all the difference. Next time, I am going to try it in the gro- cery store. Maybe we all should. I don’t know if it will make the waiting easier or shorter but it will remind us that we are all in good company.
Happy February! Peace,