by Erica Sternin
Morning air, scented with lilacs and with opening leaves and with warming-earth-smell. The streets are quiet and the robins are singing The MorningSong. One here. One there. OneOverThere. CharlieDog is dark and warm on my left side. I’m tethered to his calm presence with my eyes closed – robins are calling and responding – I’m here. I’m here. I’m here.
A trail of colored light traces a path, from one perch to another. Soon the neighborhood is a webbed path of bird song. I am here. I am Here. IAmHere. Alive.
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About me: I’m in the middle of treatment for breast cancer and I find God in the support-net of friends who are praying for me when I’m too sick and tired to be confident of anything. I’m a children’s librarian, and I’m constantly awed by the goodness of strangers and casual acquaintances I meet at work. I have a big city garden; vegetables and perennials as well as a smattering of trees. I find God in quiet moments of daily life – in the complex and ordered detail in the center of a flower, in the kind words of a stranger, the hug of a little boy who found a Calvin and Hobbes book at the library, in the surround-sound three dimensional audio of bird song on a Spring morning in the middle of the city. As far as I’m concerned that is all God.
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