The 4th of July – like much of “normal” life – promises to be pretty much a dud in 2020. COVID has claimed many of the fireworks spectaculars we’ve tended to take for granted in years past.
But that doesn’t mean we have to settle for a “boom-free” celebration of Independence Day – at least not in my backyard.
Just this week, I noticed, our hydrangeas have exploded with color (to the delight of the local butterfly population). And their blooms kinda remind me of bright firework displays – flamboyant pastel bombs, bursting in air.
The effect, on the whole, has been to bless my spirit – helping me to think less about what I’ve lost during this year’s celebration.
There’s still plenty of beauty…quiet colorful beauty…to be found all around us on this 4th of July.
Indeed, our boomin’ blooms call to mind the words of Psalm 46:
Come and behold the works of the Lord,
the awesome deeds God has done on the earth.
And then after “beholding,” the voice of the Lord reminds us…the next step is to “be still – and know that I am God.”
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.