Is it real?

I am Knox Meaford this morning and as I ponder the scripture and think about the people who wrote these words down so long ago I look to my present condition. My mother died this week and it seems now like she was just a figment of my imagination. I have pictures and I have momentos but I don't have her in body or in presence any longer. She is in spirit only. She gave me life and gave me hope and lived her 90 years with tenacity. She was strong and independent and, sometimes, ornery but always loved me with all her heart. Mothers are the unconditional presence in our lives. They represent what God is to the world and to our overall spirit. Giving life and remaining steadfast with us in life and in death we know our mothers are with us.

As I move forward this week and begin the journey of saying goodbye to the physical earthly presence it is my job through the euology and service to keep the faith and maintain hope that she is in a better place, with my dad and her loved ones who have gone before her. Soaring with the stars and moving about in the spirit world watching over me and others she loved. We are the ones left behind to cope with the painful loss of our mother but in the long haul God is present and eases the pain of this loss if we only trust.


August Abun-dance

Well as I launch into August and think about the past six weeks or so, life has certainly changed me. We are our experiences and through this living we change, mold and grow. Life's experience is a tough teacher and can be ruthless in its challenges. I must remember to be in the moment and remember we are human becomings and not simply human beings or human doers; life guides us to greater heights should we let it.

The doors close behind us sometimes and it is with regret or longing that we want to turn around and run back through before the last crack of light is gone. Traces of the past beckon us and the future is unknown so all we have is now. God is in the now. Real, ephemeral and can be trusted. The greatest part of this knowledge is that once you discover that there is a whole world that opens up to you.

Tonight is a full moon or, if not full, at least very close to full. Mother Earth is basking in the lunar brightness allowing just a hint of shadow. Fears can lay in these shadows or we can wait for the light of day to give us the whole picture. I like that thought; hunkering down to the sounds of the crickets and waiting for the sun to come out once more.

Be well my friends and remember God is with you as long as you are with God.