Friday, August 31, 2012

Caretakers of God's Creation: God's Stewards were Here





I like to think of myself as a Care-taker.

The image of caretaker might be one like this- 
someone who's responsible for a piece of land  and everything on it;
 All of its functional and beautiful  parts. 
Or the image of a mother embracing her babe.

 I think when we look at our lives this way-
 see ourselves as called  to be caretakers- 
we stand up a little straighter- 
and take a little more pride in everything we do
.
 From raising our kids to what we feed ourselves-
  -physically and spiritually-
 to how we keep our homes, 
how we connect with one another and nature.
From the careers we're paid for to the dishes we do.

Everything we're in contact with, we've got a responsibility to.

It's our craftsmanship-
 -our pride in who we are-
 and how we care for ourselves and others-

 that special stamp we leave on everything
 that says 
"God's steward was here."

 I see a smugly smiling cartoon character laying on a lush green swath of grass with a pair of exaggerated scissors trimming it just to his aesthetic.  

I like the idea of stewardship.
 Taking responsibility for our part in everything- in outcomes where we've been present. From picking up a Nature Valley Granola Bar wrapper from the ground
 to comforting a wounded soul.
 From reassuring one of your own to conversing with a passerby.

We are called to leave our mark upon everything we do.  

The  Mark that says, 

"something she said, or something she did had an impact"

In some way we'll remember she was here.

So if I fold some clothes for you or share my joy somehow with  you
- the mark I leave is my stewardship for you.

 I am called to be a steward, and you are too. 
We are caretakers for God's creation
 and we've got work to do.

 It's  Craftsmanship and Pride
   but it's awe and  gratitude too.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

There's Always another Train




New trains  leave the station throughout the day, going various places. 
Some are direct and some take detours. 
Each day you step up to the ticket box to get your ticket. 
A  snap decision may wind you in the wrong neck of the woods.
 If you fall asleep in transit, you may miss your stop. 
But a new train leaves the station each day,
 indeed many times a day, 
and if you're lucky,
 you'll see many destinations.
Some you'll like , some you won't.
 Some you'll visit more than once.
You may miss your train if you stop
to catch a cup a'joe.
so you'll catch the next train-
and you'll meet people on that errant trip you may never have otherwise  met.
Next time you may grab your joe at home.
 But remember there's a new train leaving tomorrow morning

and Whether or not you've reserved your ticket, you're going somewhere- 
and your train may or may not arrive on time. 

There's  a seat on every train That could be yours.
It may be in the front it may be in the back.
It may be somewhere in the middle.
You may be the only one on the train! 
You may like that. You may not.

 It might be a rickety train that rattles and rolls. 
Or a high speed Accela that gets you there in half the time.
Some  passengers are deep in conversation. 
have their headphones on, 
 are reading the paper. 
Some are fast asleep.
They may miss that awesome sunrise casting a reflection on their cheek
with the rhythm of the steadily moving train .  
All are on their own individual journeys  aboard the same train.
Same train. Different destinations.

 Getting off at different stops.
  Going SOMEWHERE.

Somewhere always gets you to the next somewhere.
 Just get up and catch your train.
It's leaving.