The long and quiet days of sheltering at home are a good thing. They offer a time to think: about life, about what's important, about who we want to be, about what we stand for, about what we want to dwell on, about what's good for us - and what's not.
I've read a number of western stories, about open plains of the great Southwest, about mountain ranges, and great rivers, about ranches, and towns of the West. About life on horseback. And eventually about sheriffs and U.S. Marshals, and outlaws and robbers.
Many lives stretch back into the Civil War and the years just after.
We'd like to think they are somehow pure and undefiled. But, as I read on, I find the language is foul, the relationships are indecent, and sex and murder move to the forefront together. And, though plots are intriguing, they fall too often to the dark side. And they drag me with them.
St. Paul, in the Scriptures, calls upon his followers in the emerging Christian churches, to think on "whatever is good and of good report." Think, on "the good things - the kind and decent, and uplifting things." To the Philippians, he writes, "Finally beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS. (Philippians 4:8)
As we listen, interminably in these days of the coronavirus and fill our minds with the dark and fearful things around us, we find we become dark and fearful. But God has good things for us to think about. Things that lift us up, that give us the long view, that fill us with hope, and help us do the things of helpfulness, and hopefulness, and kindness.
These are good days to practice goodness. Good days to let joy into our hearts. Good days to become encouragers of others. Good days to shine light, and make the world better.
Jesus, the Light of the world, fills us with light, and through us fills the world with light.
Let us be God's springtime light in this spring and in summer days ahead and have a sense for what our minds drink in and dwell upon.
Be people of the light, friends, in these days that would be dark, but don't need to be. Yay!
Love to you.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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