By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
For all you Star Trek fans, you will be happy to know that the model of the starship Enterprise, used in the filming of the beloved 1960s TV series, has recently undergone a supreme makeover. For years the model, undoubtedly a cultural icon, has been displayed above the heads of unsuspecting customers in the gift shop of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in
Washington, D.C. However, after its refurbishing, the starship Enterprise will be relocated to a new home in the Boeing Milestones in Flight Hall in the museum’s permanent collection.
I have been helping my husband downsize a bit, and recently we moved many furnishings to Iowa where my step son has relocated. In going through some of their neglected belongings, we found several lovely rugs that will come in handy in my stepson’s new townhome. I was happy to help clean these rugs so that they could be returned to their useful purpose instead of being stored away and nearly forgotten. Both my experience of dusting off Tom’s household articles and learning of the restoration of the model of the starship Enterprise remind me of how God often cleans us up and employs us for useful service, even when we might feel we are out of commission or forgotten. In II Samuel 9:1-13, we read the story of King David seeking out any surviving relatives of his dear friend Jonathan. It was determined that indeed, there was a son of Jonathan, grandson of King Saul, a crippled boy by the name of Mephibosheth who was still living. King David sent for Mephibosheth so that he might show him mercy and restore him to a place of honor out of respect for his friendship with Jonathan. King David returned to Mephibosheth the lands which had belonged to King Saul and invited Mephibosheth to dine at the King’s table indefinitely. What a gift! King David made certain that Mephibosheth would be well cared for during the remainder of his days. Also, in the words of scripture spoken through the voice of Dr. Spock, “May you live long and prosper.”