The Comfort of Being Together

 Tobias Baumgaertner took this photo in 2019 at the St. Kilda penguin sanctuary across from Melbourne

Good Evening, God

The penguin on the right is an older widowed female. The penguin on the left is a young widowed male. While the other penguins are eating and wandering around, these two stand together for hours — just being together — and looking at the lights of Melbourne.

Oh, my. Oh my! I am feeling as if these two small penguins have more “Heart” than I have. And, perhaps, they do! I am beginning to realize that maybe humans lack some of the simple virtues of so-called “lesser animals.”

It makes me think of how I used to believe that You had made a mistake, God, in letting humans out loose with such a thin human layer. Certainly, my human layer was not thick enough to keep the occasional BURST OF RAGE inside! Looking back, I can see that I was simply BLAMING YOU for my failures to build up a stronger cortex. That is bad enough.

But, the real pain arrived the other day, when I realized – our human brains are too big for our hearts to manage! Sigh, let me make that personal. My Mind is too big for my Heart to manage. It can talk faster than my moral compass can calculate.

The penguins are — for me — a needed lesson in humility. And they are also an encouragement to value more highly the simple things of the heart.

Story teller,

Posted in Being Together, Caring, caring for the widows and orphans, comfort, connecting, developing helpful definitions of love, Faithfulness, LOVE, the gift of persistent love

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