Awakening a Keen Observer

Sunday, March 20, 2005

driving into the rain

There are times in our life journey when it is like we are driving into the rain--and there is nothing we can do about it. We can't change it because the rain is right there inbetween us and where we need to be. We have to make it through some how. And we are lucky because we are protected in a car, we have lights and windshield wipers and we have a way to make it through the storms that come at us and so we do.
And we don't go through these storms to prove anything, they are just part of life. They come and they pass over and we go on. And if we are really lucky or really alert we learn something in the passing. We are ready in fact to take on another storm if it comes.
Once some years ago in another place a woman in her 40's said she had never been to a funeral. No one she knew intimately had ever died. I was surprised. What an amazing thing she claimed. Claimed it because it was just the way her life had gone. Yet, it was clear this was about to change. Her parents were not well and aging, her cousin had a serious illness. I don't know how she faced it. But she did. And she will face this kind of storm again. As will all of us.
The movie Carosel had the wonderful song. When you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark...
We all know that one way or another some time we will encounter a storm.
When your's comes may it be cleansing to your soul and enlivening to your heart and may you not fear but face it with courage.

God abide
Thanks for stopping by
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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