This morning the sun was a small red circle in the dark, smoky sky. My lungs tightened and I gasped for air. With every breath, I am reminded.
I am reminded of the many thousands of people displaced by the horrific fires in California. I’m reminded of those who have lost their lives, their homes, their businesses and employment. I am reminded that thousands of people with little to their name are surviving in tent cities in Walmart parking lots, churches and overflowing shelters.
The temptation is to believe I can’t do anything about any of the above. The truth is, I can and I will. With every breath…
- I will remember those who are struggling and ask God to use me to ease their pain in whatever way I can.
- I will help at least one person or give one donation (or more) each day.
- I will offer an experience of God through an act of kindness, generosity of giving and love.
- I will look for a stranger in my midst and offer a welcome through a compliment, a smile or an offer to listen and pray with them.
- I will choose one beautiful thing (this morning it was a rose) to remind myself that God is STILL good and that good is more powerful than evil and love is more powerful than hate.
- I will create one thing to remind myself that something comes from nothing…that God is still the Creator and will continue to create and restore.
- I will do one normal thing each day to remind myself that life continues. Today I will feed the hummingbirds.
And with every breath, I will remember to encourage those who are discouraged to do the same.
Each of us can do at least one thing to multiply hope and love and by doing so, with every breath we share the light of God that is never dulled by darkness.
And with every breath, we will each bring heaven to earth.
So let it be done.