I have been on vacation this past week and have a few more days to go. It has been a time of deeply resting, reading, and visiting local art galleries. Outside, the weather has begun to be more cool, and still cooler weather is not far behind. Halloween decorations are up in the neighborhood and excited costumed children will be traveling through the neighborhood early Thursday evening ringing doorbells and calling out “trick or treat”. Inside me, I find that I am quiet and reflective, attentive to the changes in nature around me, appreciative of the creativity of artists and writers, feeling less tired, and very much at home.
I asked the question of “what’s new?” to the elders with whom I work. The response was silence. I pursued the question again, “what’s new?”. There was more silence. They are generally receptive to my attempts at generating discussions. So I waited some more. After a pause, I said giving them them the day’s calendar date and year. Has there ever been this day before? They began to catch on and little by little we came up with a number of new things that were relevant to that day.
Frequently, I too forget to look for what’s new in my life and in the world around me. I wonder if you do the same. So often I join with the writer of Ecclesiastes and declaring that their is “nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9b) Busy with my daily routine, I forget to look for, or be open to newness including blessings that I take for granted, such as a new day.
For the next few weeks I will be keeping a “what’s new?” journal to assist myself in being aware of things that are new. I invite you to join me in prayer, keeping a journal, and observing what is new in your life. What is emerging in your life? What do you see in nature during this late summer time? What is new?