Last Sunday was a stressful day. It was one of many.
Sometimes life travels too fast. The plate becomes full to overflowing. Carrying a load of worry and frustration can become oppressive.
Time to off load my burden … time to take out the kayak.
An hour later on a nearby pond, I reflected on what I had read so far from Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’” (more to come after I finish the encyclical). Although there are many who consider this document to be controversial, there are these simple truths:
… the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation … (Patriarch Bartholomew, #9)
… Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness … the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise … (Saint Francis, #12)
After two hours on a glassy smooth pond towards the end of the longest day of the year, the beauty of God’s creation stilled my anxious soul.
The summer greenery, the spectacular sky, and a Swan with her chicks all posed beautifully for my camera. If you would like to take a minute to off load your cares and take a virtual kayak trip on the water, I invite you to watch this short video:
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