A Grandmother Saguaro and Me

A particularly good looking saguaro in Sabino Canyon

Good Day God!

Another lovely family day in Tucson — THANK  YOU, GOD! I started early with a cup of coffee brought to me by Sandy and then I was off to breakfast with Ian. I was stopped on the way out the door by Mark who let me know that he expected breakfast with me tomorrow!

You know, God, it feels really good to have grandsons who WANT to have breakfast with me.  Of course, smile, it could be the chocolate chip pancakes.

I feel a bit like this saguaro cactus — with my arms full of family — and hands raised in praise, God. Odd to think that this cactus is maybe 150 years older than I am. That’s a lot of history, a lot of cloudbursts and a lot of droughts. I particularly like picturing her extension roots wrapped around large underground rocks to hold her fast in the wind and storms.

We are told to build our house on the Rock and not on Sand. Belief systems can be either rock or sand. I suspect even folks who consider themselves atheists have a “belief” system. I remember the quote from Norbert Wiener about how you can’t make sense of a system without setting it within a larger system.

Even in that, God, You give us the freedom to choose. We can choose Meaning or Meaninglessness. I remember telling the doctor — when Patty was ill — that the real battle is not between Life and Death, for we all die. The REAL BATTLE is between MEANING and Meaninglessness. I have chosen MEANING. But, even so God, I can’t help but feel YOU have HELPED me to choose. Thank YOU!

Story teller,

Posted in cacti, choices, Choosing Meaning, God's gifts, interspecies contact

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