Morning Musings 5.29.20
[During this time of uncertainty and insecurity due to Covid-19, we all are longing to be grounded at the very center of our being. One way Pastor Mike attempts to experience such rootedness in his own life is by sitting with his journal, usually in the early moments of each day. In this blog Pastor Mike shares some of his early morning journal entries, as a way of holding us together, anticipating the light of God’s love to wash over our waking hours.]
May 29, 2020
Another cloudy morning! Not as gray as the past few days at this time of the day. Some were moving quickly, even revealing hidden spots of blue. It was a beautiful morning to walk!
And . . . phlox is everywhere! It has been absolutely stunning! There are beautiful bundles near Barlow Knoll. An attractive mound hides near the stream marking the Historic Kime Farm. Beautiful ones concealed near the Old Alms Run. When I ride my bike on the Battlefield, I see their beauty near Spangler’s Spring and Culp’s Hill. They have extravagant names! Emerald Phlox is deep blue. Amazing Grace Phlox is white with yawning colorful eyes in its center. Humming birds and butterflies bask in their beauty! I simply enjoy admiring their splendor, even as they now begin to lose color.
We’ve had cloudy early mornings this past week. A few times the sun did not even work its way through until later in the day. Some days I wake and there are clouds around my heart, and it dulls everything except the weight I carry within me. Just because I cannot see the light of the sun in the morning, however, doesn’t mean the light has vanished. Sometimes I think the heart is like Mother Earth; it is continuously blanketed by ever changing atmospheres that come and go between who we are and how we live each day.
Faith, it seems to me, could be defined as the effort to believe in light even when covered by clouds, and even when it feels as if the sun will never come through. Faith is believing that the sun has never stopped burning its light – that it will prevail. In fact, its heat and warmth is burning steadily, right now, on the far side of whatever cloud we are under.
No cloud lasts forever, whether it be in the morning sky or whether it be in my heart. The Earth knows this well; so does my heart! Today I walked a bit more reverently when I got near the purple phlox. They are exquisite! And even as their brightness begins to fade, their beauty remains deep within! So it is with God’s love, experienced in so many different ways!
“You will not fear the terror of the night / nor the arrow that flies by day / nor the plague that prowls in the darkness / nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.” ~Psalm 91~
Blessings & love on your day, pastor mike