My Joyce and are reading Dancing with Elephants by Jerom Sawatsky. Jerom helped us to recognize the elephants in our rooms and enjoy dancing with them instead of battling them. Meet Jerom and get access to his books by clicking on Dancing. Jerom maintains that life is an elephant, and certainty of death is another elephant we should learn to dance with.
Joyce is learning to dance with the elephant of arthritic pain; I am learning to dance with my weakening knees. We have not yet finished reading Sawatsky’s book, but we know enough to recommend it. The last chapter we read introduced us to the vitamin “awe”.
For years I have been in awe of the many kinds of pollinators: bumble bees, honey bees, wasps, butterflies, and moths that go about pollinating for the good of plants, animals, and humanity. Only recently did I observe the tiny bees that visit the petunias on my back patio. So I look at my petunias and take another dose of vitamin awe.
The story in the Genesis of the second day of creation provides a supply of vitamin awe. It is reported that God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them and it was so. . . . and God saw that it was good.” If the Genesis account of creation does not inspire the vitamin awe that satisfies your need, you may be awed by the possibility that evolution began with the “big bang.”
One day of remembered “awe” moments began with an early Men’s Fellowship initiated by Pat, the chaplain of our Greencroft Unit. We were to tell of memorable cars. I recalled the years I had traveled the length of Florida, from the Keys, to Homestead and Miami, to Immokalee, to Sarasota and Tampa, to Tallahassee and Blountstown. Now, I’m told that Florida is like a pond, after being swept with hurricane Irma’s winds.
This morning I read the on line edition of the Mennonite reporting on Mennonite communities the Puerto Rico and Florida in the aftermath of the hurricane. Click here to get access to this late news from a Mennonite church perspective. Anyone in the wake of a hurricane will benefit from Dancing with Elephants.