WANTING TO GO TO THE BEACH

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In my humble opinion, closing the beaches for the 4th of July weekend was unfair but necessarily mandated to curb the viral spike–I get it.

On the other hand, who can deny the salutary benefits of oceanside relaxation while restricting personal choice?

My feet want to hop on hot sand and my body to splash in the ocean with its currents of mercy.

This too shall pass.

BANKING ALONG THE LAKE

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Upon arrival at the lake, the strong wind was too much for the John boat.

Thank you God for your mighty strength

We meandered alongside the lake as the waves splashed the grassy bank and settled there.  My Beloved baited the fishing line while I sat on the bucket watching intently and scribing what happened.

O The glory of the rising sunshine and birds singing their sweet melodies

All around where gurgling sounds as dragonflies tipped the grassy blades and a frog joined in nature’s symphony.

O The gentleness of God’s voice gliding over the thrashing current

All is wonder, so peaceful far from the city’s cacophony while eagles spread their wings through the powdery sky and every sound echoes far.

God’s stillness spoke kindness

A thought of Jesus on the bank of the Sea of Galilee came to mind, it can be as rough as this lake.  How inviting it must have been for Peter to want to walk on water.  I wondered what creatures lived in the cold deep below the surface.  Then I heard the clickety-click of reeling in the line, oops! the fish was too hungry for the catch.

Being in nature refreshes body and soul, and the heart rejoices.

O Lord, thank you for your unfathomable presence!

 

 

A BENCH MOMENT

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See this bench.  I’ve arranged it especially for you to sit with me and chat.

I know that lately life has been a steep struggle to work and stay healthy.   It’s no fun to be cooped up inside and be afraid to go out.  We are all in this together.  This bench is where God smiles at me, where I can be real with Him.  He is happy that you have joined me today.   Do you feel His love for you, for us?  I’m so glad you came to visit.  Hopefully, you come away refreshed and light.

 

FOLLOWING THE WINDING PATH

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Today finalizes June, which spread a chaotic wave of two sides arguing, slandering and hating each other with no compassion and conflict resolution in sight.  The media goes nowhere, it just wants to crush us, and that can be demoralizing.  I shout out ‘Bunk!’  Instead it suffices me to hear just one hour of news from each side daily, then cradle a Bible verse I can mull over for guidance.  Like moi, why not try this to realize how much more peace will permeate your daily living.

“The one who prays is not afraid of the future.”  –-Mary at Medjugorje

Like the Centurion spoke to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”   –Matthew 8:5

Let us be like Jesus who with compassion:  “Took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.”  —Matthew 8:-17

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.”   —1 John 5:15

Prayerfully may July be less notorious and families enjoy some kind of summertime fun.

‘STAY IN THE MIDDLE’

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My mother’s wisdom reminds me of this saying:

“It’s best to be in the middle, using your left hand, you can help raise someone up, and when you stretch forth your right hand, someone can pull you up in a jiffy.  Either way,  it’s good to stay in the middle.” —Denyse Dawson

The other day, I had the occasion to do just that, thanks!  Maman.

“Man is in the middle between God and nothingness.”  –John Paul II

 

THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea, Israel

HAIBUN

At first seeing the Dead Sea, my mother and moi were hesitant to walk into its muck but we did and even floated.

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O lack of living things

Far from cold seas and snow capped mountains

Nothing to fear but your mucky mud

Likely to purify the skin, even the heart

Needing a strong shower to remove the debri

and feel rejuvenated – the dare accomplished!