Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! So good, as always, to be with you on this Sunday morning, the tenth day of July, 2011, a glorious morning here in Osterville, the little seaside village on the south shore of Cape proper, a mere football toss from the former home to our thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife, Jackie, as well as Bobby, Teddy, Eunice, Joe Senior, Rose, and all of the rest of that incredible family, a family that rose above the noise and misguided ‘vision’ of others to make a stand for what is RIGHT and what is most clearly WRONG in this great country of ours. Today is an important day, they all are, as the President in this day and age, Barack Obama, will be meeting with the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to discuss a possible deal to raise the debt ceiling, bills that have come due for all of the programs and commitments we, as a nation, already agreed to–you know, like the 2.2 trillion dollar Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that now ring in at 4.1 trillion, the big pharmaceutical give away to that same drug industry, a credit card if you will, another trillion or so, as well as a military that has tripled in size since the year 1998, 780 billion dollar budget for 2010 alone! Those are just on George W. Bush’s tab, the other tabs are for our seniors, who, apparently, must carry that talking point of SHARED SACRIFICE, when 80 percent of the “American People” see it as anything BUT shared and know that they, as well as their family and friends, are doing all of the sacrifice, as the gap between the HAVES and the have nots continues to widen. I was watching some footage this morning of that Grand Canyon, a place I have visited before, and my God is it beautiful, breath taking, and bountiful. As I watched it though, I began to feel sad, for I imagined all of the people in this country who are on one side of the canyon, struggling to make ends meet, find decent education for their children, find some form of health care for their families, find shelter and put food on the table, food that has not been contaminated by e coli or some other bacteria strain that antibiotics are useless against, water that is not laced with David and Charles Koch’s–of Koch Industries, an oil/gas/chemical corporate monster–596 deadly chemicals used in the ‘fracking’ process of extracting ‘natural gas’ from our private and public lands, destroying water sources forever, and being told that they are LESS THAN–because they can’t buy a job, and have become poor, perhaps, for the first time in their lives. Poorer in the purse and in spirit, through no fault of their own, and, well, quite frankly, because people who use Jesus to their own ends are not quite spiritually fit enough to give LOVE to those who are less fortunate than they…a lesson they will learn in the next lifetime. For those on the other side of the Canyon, not all, but most, will SEEM to have everything, but in the end will realize, with real eyes, they have nothing, for the Kingdom of Heaven is in your brothers and your sisters. They are the ones who reflect your very salvation. Ironic, no? So, as we watch the Sunday morning talk shows and marvel at the depth of our ‘problems’ on planet earth, we might do well to take a step out in the world of nature and remember what peace may be found in silence… walking in the woods and connecting with that you are infinitely connected to, LIFE! That deafening silence that is all too rare in this world, a world of chaos, noise and competing interests for your attention. Only in silent meditation will the answers that are already in you come into focus and fruition. I wonder if Washington D.C. got that memo? Have a great Sunday folks and May the gift of Love, Light and Frogs, again, gift you already have, become all that more clear to you, today, tomorrow and beyond. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
July 10, 2011
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