Spring has a magic magnetism of renewing what we have witnessed before…and yet projecting it with a, seemingly, new prism of colors. As I walked Campus today I saw the most beautiful blossoms on several of the trees, and I had the thrill of seeing them for the fist time! Indeed it was the first time since our cold and snowy winter. These were some of the same trees that I admired in 1978 when I began working at SIUC. I remember thinking that I worked at the most beautiful location that I had ever seen. I still feel that way. Our new President has changed his first 100 day goal of 100 million jabs of vaccine to 200 million. We are well on our way to his new goal.
In the midst of our 2020/2021 Pandemic we can see the light at the the end of the tunnel. The tunnel has been exceedingly long and it has been so dark at times that it has been difficult to visualize where we were or what our destination was. We have not reached the end of the tunnel…but we have reached the beginning of the end. Sadness is debilitating. It is comforting to see the vaccines being administered so quickly and abundantly. Once you receive the life saving shot…your spirits will be uplifted.
Our community has been offering walk-in vaccines with no appointment. I have heard people say, for many years, that they cease to see God in their daily lives. Our former pastor, Janice, began a weekly addition to our Sunday church service asking the question, Where did you see God this week?’ Pastor Kerry has renewed this lovely question…and the responses are endless. For instance two of the places that I have seen God this week are the beautiful blossoms and blooms on the trees at the Southern Illinois University Campus…and the Walk-In Covid Vaccine Clinics in our area! In our lives we search for the 4th of July fireworks…when subtle presence of God surrounds us.
‘And he said, Go forth, stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantel, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said What doest thou here, Elijah?’ 1 Kings 9: 11 – 13. KJV
So, when our friends, Lisa and Ro, brought us some delectable brownies for our 43rd anniversary…I saw God.
When so many of MJ and my friends, some from many years ago, wished us a happy anniversary yesterday…I saw God.
As we take the time to care and help our brothers and sisters of our human family…we see God.