Falling into the “Sometimes Stupid” category

An obake anthurium

Good Morning, God!

After delighting in the beauty of unexpected bromeliads and wild grasses, it feels like it’s “too easy” to find beauty in a formal flower arrangement. Having people invest energy in arranging beautiful things ought, one would think, add to their beauty. Often it does. But, still, I rarely take photos of “arrangements.”

Perhaps, God, it is related to how our older daughter, Suzanne, doesn’t mind candid photos of herself — but hates all posed shots.

But, God, it wasn’t just this beautiful flower that caught my eye at church this morning. The large wooden cross draped with purple cloth also compelled my attention.

The Holy Week cross at Central Union Church

There it stands, God. Bespeaking Your Love for us — for all of us humans.

Actually, God, I am quite certain You love ALL of Your Creation. That seems to be Your Nature and besides, look at Your Command for us to be Stewards — Caregivers of Creation.

Good Friday is a reminder to me of our failures — failures as Caregivers — and all of our General Failures. A friend told me recently that he hated working with stupid people. I gave him a quizzical look and he asked why. I told him I was just wondering “where do you find the Other Kind?”

I didn’t go on to say that I had surely been “stupid” often enough. I figured I had said enough . . . maybe more than enough. But, as Paul said so well, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

People like me — raised as a good Episcopalian — don’t much care for the word Sin. But, I sure do identify with FALLING SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD!  So, please God, help me to come to You — asking for help, asking for compassion for myself and all the rest of us sometimes stupid people.

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