one word – hope
celebration over ? one day ? no change ? does the old order of the world take over again so quickly ? do we set aside hope and love so quickly ? are the wheels of product and profit so hard to redirect ? or is there too much other stuff in the works and it makes the sorting out all the more difficult ? is it enough that in another 360 some days that these questions, these hopes will once again be raised ? is it a start we make each year ? perhaps knowing we hold hope is the more important part of the start.
sometimes the world is anything except simple. very little makes sense. loss comes and we cannot forgive ourselves for not being able to change the present. it comes every day and though we try to steel ourselves, try to deny these events. sooner or later in one way or another it comes to our own doorsteps or too close to avoid. hurt and pain, the loss of loved ones seems unbearable. today it is too close – whether it is something halfway around the world or a neighbor just down the street. pause and offer love and sympathy in the face of the unexplainable. offer love and with this gesture hope.
plantings seeds. it is always an exercise in hope. hope for something a little different. hope for something a little better. hope for the future. must be why it is called growing. this is a different seedling from the one last night. and it is a similar seedling. both have Sky Captain as one parent. tonight the other parent is Apatosaurus. four images…
and like the song, we don’t know what we got till its gone. today is a day for prayers. both for the blessings and for relief from the plagues. the blessings for the rebirth of spring, for spiritual redemption and renewal across many cultures and faiths. it is a time of observance at so many levels. and at the same time it is a time of plague. slavery still exists, whether at sea on fishing vessels or working at minimum wage jobs where companies are not satisfied with profits and engage in wage theft. or where other companies think nothing of jumping from one city, state, country, or to another corner of the globe leaving economic devastation in their wake and abandoning the employees and communities that were often called their greatest asset. at least until those few extra pennies changed the score. the plague of countries that claim to have immigration policies that are in fact tired old laws that do not work. and both sides the countries of the emigres and immigrants are content to let the conditions political, financial, and religious that drive this suffering continue. or the plague depleting the latest fisheries in the hope a new one will be found when the old one crashes. just because the sight of empty fishing boats is not as horrific a sight as the genocide of the buffalo hunts. the carnage that takes place beneath the waves is no less obscene. and the plague of our indifference to the assaults we make on climate. we have no care for the number of rivers we drain before they reach the sea. nor the number of cities we push to the brink of uninhabitable because of carbon pollution. nor do we worry the science of both glaciers and drought. we know that once great portions of the earth were covered with ice and at other times arid regions were so dry that all life fled. abandoned cliff dwellings and the land that was once a great forest and is now the Sahara desert stand testament to this. what we do not know is far reaching effects on the surrounding lands and cultures nor the time periods of the arid cycles. the recent terrible droughts of the southern portion of north america hint at the possibilities of what might have happened. and time and weather have reclaimed the devastation. all except for the cliff dwellings. what vanity makes us think it might never happen again ? and lastly the plague of hate where one person’s gender and another person’s culture, religion, nationality, race, culture, or sexual orientation is beaten down. and the actions that follow this hate take away any claim to moral ground. they are simply nothing more than murder, rape and other vile crimes against our fellow humans. there are many plagues. there are many blessings of progress and hope. so while the particular day is perhaps not unique in our need for prayer, to give thanks for blessings, hope, progress, and human kindness. and prayer to be freed from hate, greed, and ignorance. pray that we do not forget what we have that is good before it is gone. and pray that we set aside what is hate before it grows.
fear and hope, that is what things come down to at this time of year. the solstice is two days away as i write. the christian holiday is 6 days away. and the new year 13 days. fear and hope that the shortening days will turn around and lengthen. fear and hope that the world is not beyond redemption. and fear and hope that the old year will end and a new one begin. actually i simplified one of those a bit more than wanted for this post. if you are at all familiar with the story of christmas it is a bit more than redemption. the cast of characters is a bit wider. of the two main characters on this plane, one is often forgotten. the king who is little mentioned is filled with fear. so much so that the visiting kings see right through this fear. so at this time of shortening days, of growing fears, let us set down our fears and hold onto our hopes. this is my prayer. i hope it can be yours.