Who has helped me get to this point in my faith journey?
I sit and I hear the birds singing all around me this morning. They sing for what? I sit in a parking lot preparing to go to work a d I wonder. All the urban sprall around me and yet the birds keep singing. We have change nature so much, we have removed so much of the natural and replaced it with fabricated stone, and yet the birds keep singing.
I think of those saints I have encountered in my life. I know many of the struggles they faced. I know some of the struggles they continue to face and so many keep singing. As I drove to this parking lot I listened to the song “See the Love” by The BrillIance. In it they say, “I want to see the love all around you. All around you. I want to know, I want to know that love is all around you, all around you.”
I think of what attracted me to people. I love my grandfather, he always had a song to sing. My Sunday school teacher in high school and college always had encouraging words to say and a smile on her face, yet I know her life was filled with pain. These both made sure that I saw the love instead of the pain of the world. They made sure I saw the hope instead of hopelessness. My first spiritual director who introduced me to the exercises encouraged me to see the love.
As I live out this day I pray that I will encourage those around me to see the love and the hope.