"He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into their mind, yet so that they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end." Ecclesiastes 3:11 (RSV)
The frogs of Cox Creek (right near my home) are still singing. (As they are at Rock Creek, my most recent temporary home.) A few isolated croakings during the day, but at night a marvelous cacophony. If I didn't know this time of year this choir would let me know. It is a beautiful sound that will dwindle soon enough.
While the daffodils are fading, the buds on the fruit tress are about to burst forth, and the leaves are coming on several of the trees. The stark bareness of one season overcome by the unrestrained promise of life found in another. There are moments to stand and take it all in while the warmth of the sun seems to touch me to the very heart. There are no words that truly capture the power and promise of the beauty.
Pulling into the church parking lot there is a varied greeting committee. Two geese (huge birds) barely off of Cornell don't really care to budge as I creep by them. There is a robin sitting in the space where I usually park, and just slightly beyond a mallard couple, the female sitting, seemingly unconcerned about the busyness of the world around her, unfazed and unmoving. A smile slowly spreads at taking in this unexpected sight.
The day saw moments of challenge and sorrow too, and those things sometimes threaten to overwhelm the whole of life. Sometimes I think I know some things, or am on the verge of becoming a little smarter. (Some may figure there is a lot of room for growth there.) But often I am simply mystified with the grandeur that surrounds me. The work of the Creator continues, and the best I can do is take it in, at least a little. May we all take some moments to do the same, and maybe get a little wiser along the way.
"Eternal God, help us to lay aside all that distracts and burdens us so we may hear your still small voice speak to us the word of truth, beauty and grace. May you be all that we seek or desire. We ask that you meet us in our places of brokenness and need, for the sake of the Christ. Amen."
Lenten soup/supper @ 5:45 pm
Vesper Service @ 6:30 pm
Next Week ... Spring Break ... office hours will be limited...