Monday, March 02, 2009

Pale Blue in Santa Monica


I am truly blessed.

I'm writing this from a coffee shop in Santa Monica, CA, just a few blocks from the promenade looking out onto the Pacific Ocean. I've stayed a extra few days in the Los Angeles-area to visit some of my old college friends after the end of the L.A. Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA.

It's a relatively cool day here but nothing compared to the blizzard that blasted NYC on Sunday.

A little earlier, I spent some time sitting at the end of the long Santa Monica pier. It was beautiful and peaceful. The sky and the ocean were both a very pale blue. The sun was peaking out from behind the light clouds. Some dolphins swam past.

It was one of those times when it's impossible not to contemplate God and creation:

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

The photo above is from here.

1 comment:

HowiTown said...

Nice post. At church last Sunday our pastor talked about a similar experience he had in Sweden. Looking up at the night sky, millions of stars hanging there, and the overwhelming feeling of being blessed.

Then he talked about the busses in London with the anti-God campaigns. "There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Sermon in a pinch: If he was standing next to an atheist there in Sweden, they both would have seen the beautiful sky. The atheist would have also apprecitated it. The difference would have been the happiness and gratefulness that a believer feels in knowing that, "I am blessed."