morning sunbeams thread their way in shallow angles
squeezed narrow though natures arms
of tree branches waiting for a breeze
stands still to brighten the ground in golden glow
I stand to walk and reach its landing spot
but it moves to no longer exist
rise along with it to watch the beautiful orb
subtly begin its gentle climb well overhead
and know it will then come down again
I contemplate and do not let go for there is more
as days awakens so dark we cannot see
or so bright we must look away
I reach for the mind that thought to make this perfect
distance from Earth useful for humankind
and why this moment was meant to be
to thank God for we are blessed with His Son and sun
for the here and now of all they bring
such pure examples of your grace
I have found
in this humility
I woke up early one summer morning and just sat to reflect on a bench seat in the yard. All of a sudden, this thin golden beam of sunlight literally lit up a spot on the lawn, about a foot in diameter. I saw where it entered the tree branches and I starting to walk toward the spot the beam landed. As I approached something instead stopped me to watch and let it disappear. It was quite surreal as I realized how many things had to be perfectly aligned at that precise moment so I could see and imagine greater still. All I could do was to thank God for His extraordinary graceful way of acknowledging me. It was a remarkably humbling experience.
A couple of years later I had taken a photo of a mushroom while on a early morning hike into the forest. When I stood up there right in front of me there was a sunbeam just like on the lawn. The photo I took does not do it justice but it was so narrow it seemed to shine on a single leaf. Obviously, God wanted me to point out and absorb His love, and take a photo I could defer to over and over again, as the camera was still on. Needless to say if not for gravity, I too would have evaporated into the day just like the sunbeam did a few seconds later.
For further reflection: St. Francis of Assisi Canticle of Brother Sun (The Canticle of the Creatures)
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Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.