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Today – A Reflection

October 10, 2022
Sunset along the Gulf Island National Seashore

After a day of working from home, I decided to take a wee drive. The best part of the drive was catching the sunset on the Gulf. I spent a lot of time there my last three years in the Air Force. Denise and I also spent some lovely afternoons and evenings on this beach before I moved to DeFuniak Springs, FL where I pastored for four years.

It is as beautiful as I remembered it! The only thing missing was Denise who is back in Minnesota fixing my dad’s phones so that he can be connected with his friends and family.

Today’s reading from A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Readings from His Journals spoke to my experience savoring the wonder of God’s creation on the beach. Brilliant and gorgeous day, bright sun, breeze making all the leaves and high brown grass shine. Singing of the wind in the cedars. Exultant day, in which a puddle in the pig lot shines like precious silver. (October 2, 1958 entry in A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk’s True Life (volume III: 1952–1960)

While I may not have experienced a puddle in the pig lot shining like precious silver, it was an exultant day.

  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    Michael, the comment about the pond, which has little likelihood of being thought beautiful, reminds me of a Bruce Cockburn song, World of Wonders.
    A rainbow is seen in a bead of spittle, awe at the flash of light on muscle…

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