"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“Heart and Soul”

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small…the Lord God made them all.”

Self-isolation is a challenge on so many levels. If you live alone you may be ‘safer’, but lonely.  If you live with others…well let’s just say that there are some ups and downs.

Work continues unabated, albeit ‘remotely’. Movies, books, games.  All good. Spring cleaning, a long awaited painting of the kitchen in Granny Apple green, boiling sap.  All satisfying. Exploring the internet, mixed results. Choices abound, some healthier than others.  A little ‘digging’ results in both intellectual and spiritual nurture, as well as amusement.  Music videos are plentiful. “How Things Work” is a popular series.  Serious study can be found, some of it even decent theology well worth consideration as the observance of a ‘holy Lent’ continues. There you will also find lighter fare.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw is credited with the quote, “The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.”  In this part of the world, with snow still creating a winter wonderland at the end of March, it will be some time before we will see the emergence of the first spring flowers.  But they will poke through winter’s refuse and in due time, we will enjoy them as heralds of the season.

Claude Monet (1840-1926), the famous French artist and key figure of the Impressionist Movement, found his  inspiration in the beauty of his garden. He was not simply an onlooker but rather had both dirt and paint under his fingernails.  Tour Claude Monet’s Garden on YouTube and virtually enjoy a restful holiday.

Or check into the live Penguin cam at the Kansas City Zoo and watch the residents for a bit.  Note the adults off to the side, in quiet ‘conversation’.  The younger penguins swimming, “Watch me, mom, watch!” See the keepers coming in to feed them, to clean up, bending down to the littlest ones with obvious affection. A little distraction? Yes!