Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

It is another beautiful day, and I hope you have a spot to sit in a window and soak up the sun. I hope you can see the blue in the sky and the gold coming into the trees. I hope you have a feeling of gratitude in your soul that lifts you beyond your current burdens.

The North Saskatchewan River curves through our city and out through the parkland, flowing east and north to Hudson Bay. Walking the trail through Louise McKinney Park with my dogs Sunday, I was aware of the diversity of people I met and the pleasure I saw on people‘s faces. The movement of the river, dark and deep and cold, doesn’t speak of the variety of human concern it passes: logging in the mountains, hiking on the passes, industry on the flat land, harvesting downstream, and the footfall of ordinary Sunday afternoon strolls like my own. 

We cherish this lovely river valley, and the river’s journey connects us without our effort or thought. Similarly there is a love that holds us, connects us, and energizes us: I become aware of it in prayer. Somewhere, there is someone praying right this minute. The flow of blessing happens even when you and I are busy at industry, business, kitchen work, sleeping, or gazing out the window at the lovely afternoon.

I do hope the beauty of this season gives you inspiration. I deeply hope the presence of love fills your soul. And I draw hope that this love carries the burdens and heals the rifts in our human journey.

Blessings of light and love as we share the burdens of the journey,

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean

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