It stretches out further than I can see, but assures that if I focus on it alone, all I can see is its awesome beauty.
It promises waves (adventure), salt (life), eternity (I can’t see the other end).
It allows me to believe there is a shore somewhere beyond my view, a promise that if I wade in, I will find a place to rest.Mornings such as this one, in what Carolinians call ‘winter’ and Chicagoans might call ‘spring,’ the beach is nearly deserted, the water is too cold to step in, the quiet is startling and comforting, and I stand, beholding God’s wonder, and wondering if the ocean isn’t, in fact, a mirror image of His bigness…and my journey.
I can’t be sure. All I know is that I needed to see Him today, so I went there and talked to Him.
It’s the first of December. For many of us, this is the beginning of a favorite month, one in which we celebrate Jesus’ birth and also children, family, generosity, and the idea of peace. For some, today is the day to commemorate World AIDS Day, to honor the countless who die and are still dying from this wretched disease, one that has left 16 million orphans in the world as of 2009. Can you even begin to fathom that? For others, December and Christmas is a time when their loneliness, their poverty, their sorrow, whatever they lack, seems to be the most prominent.
My own heart is heavy today for these situations, which seem so insurmountable. There is so much heartache in the world, how can we begin to help it? All I can say to that is Keep your eyes fixed on His awesome beauty and Help who you can. The only things that will matter when our time is done is not whether we said “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” but Who/who and how we loved.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. – Psalm 68:5-6
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. – John 13:34-35