Archive | August, 2020

Joining The Morning

7 Aug

Few things are more beautiful than morning over the mountain.

The first hint of the spectacular is the clouds,

gray, then pinkish yellow, then golden around the edges,

then an inferno of yellow flame.

Rays of the almost appearing sun shoot into the sky,

spill down into the valley and paint the mountain

side like an artist’s canvas.

It is worth the wait to sit on the cool

grass and become part of the unfolding.

No day should begin with less splendor.

But, then, how could it?

Look Up

6 Aug

One remains.

In the field of death and destruction,

standing in the remnants of a savage fire,

a lone figure testifies.

A child will ask her parent, “What happened here?”

And the answer will come, “Do you see that one, tall saguaro

up there? Someday he will have many friends with him,

trees and grasses and little animals, and the mountain will be

beautiful again.”

“When, Mommy? Soon?”

“Some day, my love. At just the right time.”

And There Was Light

5 Aug

Just where the shadows end, light begins.

Just when you think there is no way out, there is.

Once I was blind, but now I see.

You, Lord, are my light and my salvation.

I am the light of the world.

Don’t settle for darkness.

Arise, shine for your Light has come.

Life Returns

4 Aug

CAAAAD69-148C-4F0D-A461-D49D9E1FCF15_1_105_c    Even though much of the Catalina State Park was burned, life continues and green shoots and sprouts are already visible.  Amazing how the earth replenishes and renews itself after disaster.  Firefighters on the ground and in the air deserve our thanks and blessings for their heroic efforts to save the land.  Be thankful today for brave and dedicated men and women who serve our communities.
Thanks be to God.






3 Aug

To the point, isn’t it.

The directive hangs over the entry door to a small
restaurant in the White Mountains of Arizona.
If you can’t be kind, then be somewhere else.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be kind.
A smile, a nod, a wave.
And the expression of kindness doesn’t
have to be reactive.  It’s not “You be kind to me
and I’ll then return the kindness.”
No, set it in the context of those ancient words:
“Do unto others….”
Especially in the mood and the events of our
present moment, kindness is needed.  So
today look for a way to express kindness to
people you encounter.  A nod of the head,
a hand wave, a smile…but…I know — I’m
going to carry a 3×5 card on which I will
write:  “Behind this mask, I’m smiling at you.”

Create kindness and you’ll feel better, too.
2 Aug


I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

Psalm 121

Taking The Wider View

1 Aug


Sometimes if we just took a wider view, it might make life
a lot easier.  Narrow views often miss the better solution
or the easier way.  Here’s an example.  This poor guy
sees only the obstacle and knows he has to get over it.
So he climbs.  But if he would just take a step back,
examine the broader situation, consider his options,
he might save time, energy and the cost of emergency
room treatment.

Built into the human body, located between the ears,
is a thing called a brain.  The Designer of the human body
included it in the whole package for a good reason.  To reason.
So, when faced with an obstacle, back up, take a broad view,
consider alternatives, don’t turn down good advice,
pick the best option, and then go for it.

But before you go, thank The Designer for that amazing
thing between your ears.  Parents, politicians, and people in general,
would benefit from using it often.