When the lockdowns for Covid began, Brian, Evie and I started going on daily morning walks together. Before we even would get really dressed or ready for the day, we’d just put on enough to be warm over our pj’s and head out with the dog. We always walked to the lake. We walked (for the most part) the same route every day. This allowed us to pay attention to the small changes of season. We watched as different flowers came up and bloomed, as leaves changed colors, as different birds migrated, as people decorated their houses differently, as the lake was still and rough, dark blue and light blue, sparkling from sun and hard to even see in fog.
For a variety of reasons, we’ve stopped our daily walks for now, but they gave me something so important.
Standing before the vastness of our beautiful Lake Michigan, I could have the thought each day: “I am really so small.”
It is a good thought to have sometimes when the news is overwhelming and you are carrying a lot of concerns – for yourself, for others, for the world. It can be good to remember that we are just one of billions, just a small speck on the vastness of our great big earth and that nothing about how the earth continues is all that dependent on you.
But then we would walk by gardens and notice what a difference one or two newly bloomed flowers can make. Or how beautiful each petal is. And this helped me remember that even the small things make a difference. Maybe not a difference big enough to change to world or make much of anything “better” except that it made our walks that much lovelier and our street a little brighter. And it helped me think of how much I can do to make a difference in the world even with just the simple tasks I do each day.
And that is a good thought to have sometimes when the news is overwhelming and you are carrying a lot of concerns for yourself, for others, for the world. It can be good to remember that we are unique and capable of making a difference that can really be quite large to someone.
I hope this week you will feel small enough to let go of the idea that too much depends on you. And I hope you will feel big enough to know you do make a unique difference in this beautiful world.
something Worth reading
by Helen Jukes
Many of you know my husband Brian is a beekeeper and we have a small business selling our honey. We have learned so much about these fascinating creatures, who have, in turn, taught us a bit more about ourselves and the way we are connected to the earth. To really spend time observing the bees and their ways offers us the opportunity to be filled with a great sense of wonder and wonder always connects me to God. I hope you’ll enjoy this article about another beekeepers experience with her bees.
something worth hearing
by Amanda Gorman
Linda Webster shared with us this week this poem by recent inauguration poet, Amanda Gorman. This poem is called Earthrise and reminds us of the importance of our beautiful home on this blue globe.
something worth watching
When Bach composed Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring in 1723, he surely couldn’t have imagined the ingenuity that is shown in this forest xylophone.
something worth praying
[Of All That God Has Shown Me]
by Mechtild of Magdeburg
Of all that God has shown me
I can speak just the smallest word,
Not more than a honey bee
Takes on her foot
From an overspilling jar.