The other evening the national news gave a report of a family where one of its members had died. It was the grandmother who had been married for sixty-two years. Due to the restrictions her husband (the grandfather), along with other members of the family and friends, was prevented from attending the funeral. They did not wish the moment to slip by without some form of acknowledgement so they placed in the front window of their house a yellow heart. They also took a photo of it and put it on Instagram. In the days that followed thirty thousand similar yellow hearts were added along with in some cases a photo of the departed.
In the film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ the leading character (Dorothy) sets out on her adventure following a ‘yellow brick road’. On the way she rescues the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who yearns for a heart and the Cowardly Lion who seeks courage. I often feel that we are walking a ‘yellow brick road’ as we pass through this human experience. There are going to be ups and downs, moments of great joy but also of sadness, occasions when the going will seem tough and then occasions when everything falls just right. We meet many people on the road in various conditions - some we are able to help and others we feel we can only hold in our prayers. The journey can be short or long, our hopes either realised or crushed.
In the early seventies (yes, I can remember that far back) there was a popular song which began song which began “Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.’ It purports to be someone who has been away for a long time and is travelling home to meet with their beloved again. The request is to tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree if there is still a love for the traveller. In our case we have no need to ponder if at the end of our ‘yellow brick road’ there will be a welcome of love for we have already been assured the we shall be received with love. We have been given a promise that there is a room prepared for us at the end of our journey and the one who has travelled with us will be there to give us his peace – peace that is eternal.
In case you are not sure, I’m all for yellow.