In the moment:
the forsythia is trying to emit sparks;
the cats are lounging on cushions;
the birds sing, seeking companions;
moisture hangs in a cloud.
Early Spring, and we are still living. Yesterday, I went to a man's memorial in which two governors attended as they recalled the man who was a living, compassionate, good man but was taken by violent means.
I remember Tom as one who would smile and say hello to me, or anyone who felt inferior to his height and to most people in general. When you feel insignificant, the people who don't have to, but do, speak or smile can make a huge impact. That's how I felt with Tom as most people did. He was humble and kind.
And, his wife, an old friend of mine. Full of strong grace and beauty. Interviewed by Anderson Cooper, she talked about when darkness overtakes the godly (a scriptural reference) and how devastating that is. Yet, she chooses life over death, which means eventual forgiveness and a conscious choice to be the bride of someone who loved her rather than the widow of a murdered man.
Yes, questions can swirl, but this amazing example can help steady us as it steadies them.
Thankful for the forsythia today as it shows a spark of a fuller future flame which Tom enjoys in most abundant Life. Amen.