Signs Of The Time

6 Apr

A sign of the times. Pay attention! Summer in the Sonoran Desert sends people away, we call them Snowbirds. The human population is reduced. Watch out Michigan, Wisconsin and other summer-proofed states, here they come! And those of us who tough it out during the summer season begin to see signs, like the one in the photograph, reminding that we have new neighbors who are not as hospitable as the ones who just left. These new neighbors are reclusive, unwelcoming, very protective about their land and known to defend themselves with a wicked tongue. Come to think of it, I used to have a neighbor just like that. But he didn’t bite. Yes, we are in the midst of a population shift. A sign of the times.

Anything else going on that we might call a cosmic shift? There are some signs out, like the black smudge you got on your forehead weeks ago on Ash Wednesday, or the palm branches people will wave soon, or the Maundy Thursday reenactments of the Last Supper, or the cross you wear on a chain around your neck, or that “special” sunrise when people gather to watch the dawn break in a new and hopeful way. And, of course, there is the big rock formation that resembles an ancient tomb. Signs of the time. Get ready. Be prepared. Somebody special is moving into town. By the way, I heard that he was asked one day: “Who is my neighbor?” and you know how he answered? Everybody! I’m going to ask him to move in next to me. Sounds like somebody I’d like to know. Pay attention to those signs. Quite literally, they are about death and life.

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