August 20, 2020
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high...
One of these mornin’s you’re gonna rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings, and you’ll take to the sky”
-- Summertime by George Gershwin
“Easy” is most likely not the first word you’d choose to describe summer time in this year of the pandemic. The spirits of so many seem crushed under the weight of uncertainty and anxiety.
And yet at unguarded moments within the many pressing concerns that weight us down, if we listen deeply, we can hear a whisper of peace...a stir of gratitude...a surge of joy. The “dearest freshness deep down things” that fill our lives with wonder each day are easy to miss. They break in on us when we stop, become still, open our eyes and gentle our hearts. Hope can lift us up and free our compassion.
During these last days of summer, Cranaleith stands ready to help us all “waste time” with God and others so that light can seep into our hearts. Meet St. Brigid, Mary of the Gaels, whose recognition of holiness in daily rituals allowed her to recognize God’s presence in the poor. Attune your hearts to the Sacred Sound of Tibetan bowls and trace a slow, leisurely path through Cranaleith’s labyrinth. Marvel over summer’s bounty in the garden...what the deer haven’t yet eaten...and “play” with the food you prepare. Be sure that we pray for you in these waning days of summer, asking that your lives be replenished with the unfailing mercy of God.
The Cranaleith Staff