Good Day, God!
My wonderful husband Kit, and I are back in America and in fairly good shape for having traveled across nine time zones yesterday. We are here in L.A. looking forward to seeing daughter Suzy and then our Extended Family as we gather to remember my Mommy next Saturday.
So, here I sit — looking forward and looking back. My mind is FULL of images and inchoate thoughts. But for sure, the walk that Kit and I took just two days ago from our Munich hotel to Marienplatz and then to the Deutches Museum and back is one of my favorite inner videos. We arrived in time (just after 11 a.m.) for me to video the marvelous clock tower with its two tiers of moving mechanical figures . . . dancers twirling and musicians playing. Wonderful to see and hear!
And just this morning I learned that the column to Mary was erected in Marienplatz in 1638 to celebrate the retreat of the Swedes during the Thirty Year’s War — a war that didn’t end until 1648. Swedes in Bavaria? There is so much history in Europe, God.
I suppose, God, that Peoples (Cities, Nations, Communities) need to forgive just like we individuals do. In fact, the health of communities is very like the health of individuals.
Forgiveness is so important, God. But so too are Mutual Respect, Personal Responsibility, and Compassion that Strengthens.
Hmm. Compassion that strengthens. I like that! Adding that phrase makes it clearer than we aren’t talking about PITY. Pity weakens! And it seems to me the Pity shuts You, God, out of the picture.
When we know that we are LOVED by YOU, then we have a rock on which to stand. We have a HOPE that cannot be extinguished. Well, yes, God, I confess I do not always LIVE in the power of this HOPE. I drift away from the Connection You Extend to us. Please help me — and all the People of this Planet — to turn to YOU!