Good Morning, God!
Heidi and Ellery Lum and their boys, Matthew and Noah, saw this eclipse in Swaziland. They are there for Advocates for Africa’s Children, learning the language and living in a rural village as Villagers. Sunday, Ellery will kill the goat for the welcoming feast.
Hmmm. That gives me pause for thought. Please, God, bless them all — and bless the whole country, struggling with the highest AIDs rate in the world. Sigh.
But, this photo came from Norway — from the website NewsinEnglish.no. This is a website created and run by Nina Bergland, a former colleague of Kit’s at the Advertiser who is married to a Norwegian. It is such a Small World, God!
Yes, God, we live on a small round ball. A volcano in Iceland can shut down air traffic in Europe. Radiation from Japan travels. Plastic detritus from around the Pacific Rim swirls into the North Pacific Gyre. It seems odd to me that we ordinary people still think Small, Flat and Separate. One notices that in New England, where States are often separated only by Rivers — creating Historical and even Cultural Boundaries, God, that give us our sense of Us-ness.
Part of me loves it! I love living in Hawaii. We are different! Happily so! But, it only takes an Earthquake in Japan or Chile to make me realize we are all in this together. I “get it” and then, alas, I “forget it” and go back to my routine.
It is tempting to say — I am just One Person, what can I do? But, I know better, God. I can change my diet, change my spending, change my assumptions. Please help me, God!