This morning gives me pause for a moment as I think about this one… in all of our daily hustle and bustle in getting things done - kids ready and out the door to school, spouses on their way to work, the after-school activities, shopping, making dinner, laundry, yeah, the whole kittenkaboodle... we sometimes need to switch out that sillyfrapachino with diet ice to go and SLOW DOWN for a moment. This week's image of the New York City skyline at dusk can be viewed a couple of ways... which is the 'beauty' of art. Three people can look at this image and walk away with 5 different opinions. The math doesn't have to add up... my impression when I set up this picture last year was that despite the known hustle and bustle that mid-town Manhattan is 'famous' for, the one thing you couldn't tell from this image is the noise that is most commonly associated with it. Granted, I was on the New Jersey side of the Hudson with the wind out of the west. Thanks to Tim Concannon - whom I've been lucky enough to be able to call a friend since the 5th grade who knew this particular spot for getting the picture you see - we could see the beauty of the evening and more importantly the comparative peace and quiet from viewing from afar.
Okay, we’ve been observing Lent for 30-something days – Palm/Passion Sunday was yesterday. Thus begins Holy Week. To say I am but one of countless others who are absolutely THRILLED with a new pope who looks and seems every bit of the type of papal leader we need in these times – kind, compassionate, sincere, genuine, and down-right humble, and is already sharing with us his view and wish for all of us to remember the basics but most especially to look out for each other, I can only hope and pray that perhaps just maybe we might get our collective act together as humans and actually do something that doesn’t result in stupid on a global scale. Think about it – we can build skyscrapers, send men to the Moon, create art that inspires silence in reflection, write great books, yet we can also wage war, make people absolutely miserable without reason, and tear the place up beyond repair. How about more of the former, and none of the latter? Yeah, it would be nice if…
I hope your Holy Week includes making time to reflect upon God’s ultimate gift to us – and perhaps even saying thanks to Him.
Brightening up that thought – New York City skyline in the early evening – © John Cadell Photography
Please have a great week!!