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Pagans. Water. Sacrifice.


The original meaning of “pagan”  is country dweller.  When city folk made their way into the country with their Christian views, some country dwellers didn’t take too readily.  The definition evolved into:  country dwellers who were not Christians.  Today, I dont hear “country dwellers” when referring to pagans.

We traveled to Cleveland last week to see my son in a performance.  It was about a beautiful lake that had dried up.  Scientists were trying figure out how to make water to fill it back up.  Meanwhile, the “water spirits” were devastated that the water was gone as were the lake visitors.  It was a beautiful collaboration of artists of all mediums from my son’s college.  Dancers, musicians, visual artists, technical artists, etc.

Just love this graphic.

Just love this graphic.

When it was over, I heard the people  behind us talking about pagans and then Pops mentioned that they used pagan rituals in the performance.  It went totally over my head.  I am very ignorant when it comes to paganism.  I wouldn’t see it if it came up and kissed me on my cheek.  Mainly cause I don’t know what they are.  And it seems to me not appropriate to call someone a name that is not a Christian.  For me, they are simply people who do not share Christian beliefs.  The word “pagan” sounds derogatory to me.

What I took away from the play is how important our water is to us.  It is a necessity.  It feeds us.  It cleanses us.  It is a thing of beauty.  It heals us.  It entertains us.  It feels good against our bodies.  It is powerful.   It touches each of our senses.  Gosh.  Really something, isn’t?  It is the essential element for life.  Thank you, God, for giving us a beautiful gift.

In the play, they  sacrificed a couple of  people (I think.  Like I said, it went totally over my head.  This is what I was told. I was busy gathering my own interpretation that had nothing to do with human sacrificing) to bring the water back.

There was a quote  that I was struck by.  “Nothing can be gained from a solitary sacrifice from one who always cared.”

 (A great exception to that is  the solitary sacrifice of Jesus Christ dying on the cross to save us from our wretched sins.  Much has been gained from that.) 

I interpreted the quote to mean:  That if I care about something very much, it will not be a sacrifice for me to  continue to care.   If I have not cared too deeply for something then, to begin caring, it will be a sacrifice.  A simple “water” example for this is that if I have always cared about the conservation of water,  to use less water in showering, brushing my teeth, washing dishes and watering the lawn will not be a great deal.  But if I haven’t cared, then making those changes would be a sacrifice.

AND  in this case,  we must collectively sacrifice to make a difference.

Aside from the fact we all need water, we all love water, don’t we?   I know I love to see water running through our creeks and rivers.  Big waves crashing on our beaches.  In order to preserve what we love,  don’t we collectively have to make sacrifices for that precious element?










It is a critical issue.  Are we  taking measures to protect our water for our children and their children.  Sacrifice IS the answer.

God bless, you people.  I love you.


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Here. This Moment.

We are a culture that is on the search always.  For happiness and joy.  We look forward to going. Going. Going.   Not so much now as in the past, I longed to go on vacation. Where can we go that is going to give us that ultimate rush? That ultimate breathtaking view that is going to send me swooning.  For some it is the beach.


For some of us, it’s the mountains.


For some of us, it is cruising on the Caribbean.  And for others, it is riding the roller coaster at Cedar Point.   Regardless of what trips our  trigger, we are in search of the next thing that is going to trigger the quintessential experience.

Some people have “bucket lists”.  The list of places and events that will make  our personal world all the better.

All of these things are wonderful things to experience.  But, if we can not find joy and happiness in the sullied days of our lives, then those beautiful sites will not doing anything for us either.

Temporal is not going to cut it for me.  It is short-lived and disappointing.  Been there.  The reality does not match up to the expectation.  Or returning to reality is a disappointment.  I want everlasting, ever-lovin’ joy.

I am learning that it is impossible to stay in the moment while I am looking forward.  One question I ask myself while I am highly anticipating that moment that  will take my breath away:  What is going to happen to me at that  moment that is not happening to me right now?  How is seeing or doing that “thing”  going to make me a happier person?  It might give me a thrill for a minute but I still  have to walk away with that same person that took me there.  ME.

Our daily life can be blessed with joy and happiness if we can just sit  in it and see the beauty around us.  The ordinary.

Our ordinary is such a miracle by itself that it DOES compare to the majestic beauty of a snow-capped mountain.



Our animals take such pleasure in just living and taking in all that abounds.   Can I do that?  Can I see the beauty in washing the dishes?  Pops does it most of the time.  I SEE the beauty in that.   Cooking dinner?  Making beds?  I love what a room likes when the bed is made.  Sometimes I will make the bed to get in it.   Can these things compare to a Hawaiian beach?

When I choose to see God in the ordinary, (which is exactly where He is with us),  joy can be found.   Since the day that I decided to look for Him in my ordinary, I found Him, and joy was the gift that He gave me.   As long as I know where to find Him, I find I really don’t have to take a joy ride anywhere.   We have a wonderful friend who had a very spiritual heart who passed away several years ago.  Always, he would say, “I got all I need right here.”  He was magnificently content even through his terminal illness.   “I got all I need right here.”  He would pat his heart softly.   The man got it.

Author, Ann Voskamp writes, “The only place we need see before we die is this place of seeing God, here and now. ”

I say Amen to that.  That place is spectacular.

Happy travels.

God bless,


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