This swing held a newlywed couple as they spent hours eagerly talking about the new journey which lay ahead of them. It later became a place of solitude and prayer for a young wife and husband who desperately desired a child, but were met with years of infertility. In God's timing, this swing softly rocked their first son to sleep while he was sheltered in his mother's arms, a prayer of thanksgiving on her lips. Even later, it held two giggling brothers as they tried to see how high they could swing before their mom or dad stopped them. It has stood steadfast in the sun, wind, and rain as it watched the two boys grow to adulthood. It cherishes those two young men as they come home and sit on the swing while catching up on life. Later, after the boys go off into the big world again, it holds their mother as she smiles and rejoices at the time they have had together.
It has created irreplaceable memories as it has held those who have been loved deeply, but have gone to live with our Lord. Newlyweds as well as couples celebrating over 50 years of married life enjoy the gentle sway of the swing. It is a favorite place for holding hands and quiet talks. The swing knows that love is limitless and without boundaries.
Many good books have been read on this swing and it is a perfect spot for daydreaming. It works magic as it softly lulls a guest into a nice afternoon nap. It has been covered in spilled sweet tea and sticky chunks of watermelon. A cup or two of coffee has graced its wood and yet a splash of water from the hose has it ready for the next guest.
It has heard silly, but sweet knock knock jokes from the mouth of a young niece. It watches the niece as she grows up and now hears her share stories of school and cute boys! It is a wonderful place to observe lightning bugs as they appear in the sheltering woods and to "ooh and awe" over their fancy displays of light.
It is a place of animated discussion and a place of friendly surrender. It is a place of solitude and a place of companionship. It is a place of laughter and a place of tears. It is a haven, a sanctuary, and a refuge...
It is a "Front Porch Swing".