It’s a beautiful day, with a light rain following last night’s storm. The winter veggies and daffodils are happy, the fruit trees are happy, the birds, squirrels, and frogs are delighted. Sunny days will return soon, and it looks like we’ll have a glorious spring after the first real winter in years.
I’m grateful. I’m grateful for any weather, really, and for life itself. I’m glad there’s still time—time for us as humans, even here in the United States, to come back to ourselves, to remember what it means to be human, dependent upon the Spirit for life, breath, and all things and interdependent with the rest of the natural world. There’s still time for us to interrupt the insanity that has possessed us as a culture, that has led us to believe that current conditions are “normal,” even though all the warning (and warming) signs of economic, social, and environmental collapse are plain to anyone who has eyes to see.
How then shall we live? I hope to play a small part in the hope for a “great turning,” for a transition to the other peaceful, just, and life-sustaining world that I know is possible.
It’s not time to give up. It’s not time to simply provide hospice for the earth—that time could come, but it’s not now. It’s not time to escape into our own private, personal worlds. It’s time to awaken. It will take many people from many different life experiences and ways of seeing the world, awakening 1) to what is at stake, 2) to what our responsibility is to the earth and the future, 3) what the alternatives are to the current path we are on, and 4) what we can do together about it. Each of us can go deep within ourselves and cultivate courage in resisting the harm of the dominant institutions and systems of our day and to practice persistence in working for global transformation.
As I enjoy the rain and look toward spring, I know that God is alive and magic is afoot. I am confident that there is still time for the change that needs to come. I, for one, pray and act for “God’s kin-dom to come and God’s (loving) will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.