Life on the Edge

 The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Psalm 104: 31-32

Life seems to be in upheaval.  The political and moral landscape is changing faster than we can adapt.  Hopefully accountability and change happens before much more harm is done. We find ourselves glued to the local news and social media, if for no other reason than to be able to explain the eruptions to our out of state family and friends who fear for our safety.  Even our own bodies may fail us in these times of stress.  Still we do the best we can in a world that seems out of control, praying for wisdom along the way.


Living at the edge of Creation we are privileged on the Big Island to see new land being made before our eyes.  Leilani Estates has been evacuated due to lava and toxic gases.  Kilauea’s violent explosions at Halemaumau Crater can hurl boulders like they were children’s toys and propel ash into the atmosphere, threatening to rain the tiny particles down upon the whole region.  People are losing their homes to lava, so I don’t want to be dismissive about their loss.  As Hawaiians say though, “Madam Pele will do what she wishes.”  I however am neither a pantheist nor a fatalist.  In my experience one doesn’t have to be a victim of a capricious God or Goddess.


I’ve had much personal struggle of late (more about that later perhaps), so I know it’s easy to become discouraged; yet life moves forward whether we are ready for it or not.  I choose to experience God in all His/Her glory wherever that leads. The journey will be uncomfortable at times but seldom boring and I am never alone.



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