Perspective, Saguaros and Thanksgiving

A saguaro and me

A saguaro and me

God Day, God!

I’m so thankful! And I’m more aware of being thankful today than I was on Thanksgiving Day. Although, hearing from one of our guests, Jean-Marie, about his childhood in Burundi — where he was orphaned at six — did make me realize how blessed are we who have never endured genocide!

Ah, God. That’s the trouble with perspective! Most of us have so little of it! Perhaps, I should post a copy of this photo of the saguaro cactus and me as a reminder.

It’s wonderful that our daughter, Sandy, and her family live within three miles of Sabino Canyon. Going for a walk in that glorious park truly does open one up to the existence of nature and our finiteness.

looking north in Saguaro National Park

looking north in Sabino Canyon

It brings to mind the Hasidic saying: everyone should have in one pocket a note saying, “From dust you have come and from dust you shall return.” And have in the other pocket a note saying, “For you the universe was made.”

I have no trouble believing the first note, God.

But, to believe that the universe was made for me? Oh, my.

I want to fall back into a sense of Communal Responsibility — You mean humankind, right, God? But, in truth, it begins with each and every one of us responding.

Here I am in this amazing Universe. Here, now, on Planet Earth. How, now, shall I respond?

I shall begin with my Heart.

I shall let it Sing with the Morning Stars — songs of Joy and Awe and Wonder.

I shall let it Weep with all the Creatures of the Deep. The Deep Sea Creatures, the Deep Space Creatures and those Creatures deep inside of me — Creatures that rage at limits, Creatures that project dark shadows onto others.

You have said it, God. I cannot change them — until I weep with them.

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