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.
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.