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The Way Forward


Good morning, and Happy New Year!

I chose this painting today for two reasons.  It depicts some gorgeous boulders I found one day.  They must have been tossed there by the long-ago glacier, but the way they are arranged in a circle reminded me of wise old elders sitting in a sacred circle, worshipping God.  And, the background is atmospheric, mysterious, murky even.  Like the future, really.

My family has been talking about guns lately.  A branch of my family are staunch hunters and defenders of guns.  Me, I waver between treasuring freedom  (and venison!) and feeling that, perhaps, guns represent anarchy more than they do freedom.  And that was before the young man went into a grade school and opened fire…

Here’s what I believe: I think people want guns (and prognostication for that matter)  because they are afraid.  They want to know they’ll be safe, and perhaps for some, having a gun also means having their way.

Centering our lives on our walk with our Divine Creator, though, will give us enough light to see where we are right now, and where our next step should be.  We can’t hear that Voice when we are racing around doing stuff, as Americans are so fond of doing.

Turning to guns and future-tellers won’t protect us.  We cannot see into the future; but then, we don’t need to.

What is given to us is the Light to see where we are this present moment.  I believe that if we keep ourselves centered there, where the Light is, our decisions as individuals and then as nations will be ….er, enlightened!  I don’t mean to be flippant, nor do I mean to be preachy.

I pray for a peaceful year for each of you.

6 thoughts on “The Way Forward

  1. Happy New Year, Melissa!

    1. Thanks Angela, and to you!

  2. I agree with you that the light is very important… more important than a lot of things we need… But don’t think we should stay near the light. Instead, I think it best that we take the light with us, to help us know better, just where we are going…

    1. Dear Shimon,

      As I wrote and rewrote this, I thought of you and wondered what your thoughts would be.  I knew they would be wise, and they are.  Yes, absolutely…take the light with us.  

      Thank you and a sweet new year to you, my friend.

  3. A lovely, balanced view of the gun issue. Your family sounds a lot like mine! I also grew up around hunters and was married to one for a long time as well.

    1. Thank you, Jordan, for stopping by and commenting. Having a balanced view of anything can be tricky, can’t it? May you have a wonderful new year!


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