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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 1:11 PM ]

I love the sounds of an early morning walk.  This is a wonderful time of the year. Before dawn as the geese are flying low, their communication with each other is loud and travels for a long distance.  As the light increases then it becomes possible to see and hear them on their journey.  Then a variety of birds begin their morning songs to accompany me on my walk.  This time of year there is a greater array of others sounds.  The wind sounds different in the trees as they are losing their leaves.  The sound of my footfall is different too, as I step on or kick the fallen leaves in my path. 

This all indicates change.  Time passes.  Some of the signs we can see and this allows us to sneak a peek into the future.  It will get colder.  The white stuff will fall.  I will wear warmer clothing.  Other signs of time passing do not allow us a peek into the future.  We don’t know how many seasons we have in front of us.  We don’t have a guarantee about where we will be tomorrow.  It is not for us to know. 

Wise people have long taught us to seize the day.  Jesus came for us to have abundant life.  This is for the age to come, but also for today.  He wants our joy to be full today.  The geese in the morning are a gift.  The sounds of the season are a gift.  They are all to be enjoyed.  Let us pay attention to the other ‘sounds’ of our day.  Enjoy the sounds of loved ones talking to us and living near us.  Enjoy the sounds of strangers walking near us on the sidewalk or in the grocery store.  Listen for the gift of someone letting us know his or her need and joyfully give from the abundance God has given us.  Don’t let the sounds of life go unnoticed.