OFF THE CUFF Writing at Lake Eufaula

This little known recreational park is just 200 hundred miles away from Atlanta, Georgia.  A lovely retreat for my family to get away from suburban living.  The first thing I do there is to walk along the shore and greet this little majestic fir tree in the middle of the lake…and I wonder of the glories that October will bring.

There is a pronounced rhythm to autumn especially during this trying year of living around Covid.  What happened to summer vacation?  Nothing much.  Virtual learning is obviously challenging with a sparse re-opening of schools.  And chaos is mounting before our presidential election takes place.  Despite these unusual tribulations, nature continues to offer us many accents of hope.  Babies are born, people are marrying, others overcoming surgeries, birthdays and anniversaries are being feted.  There is still good life to be lived around Covid.

I think of Therese of Lisieux whose great desire was to suffer for the conversion of souls.  She accomplished her work within 9 years before her death at age 24.   She did not travel around the global village of humanity.  Rather she pursued her mission within the confines of the cloister and formed her “little way.”  Therese was special in doing little every day things of life that was hard for her to do.  Her heart of missionary is the way to get to heaven.  She gives everyone pause to ask:  how much is my life a mission to overcome struggles?

May this October accent many streaks of hope as colorful leaves fall to the ground.

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Painting by Graham Gercken