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August 18, 2014, 1:00 PM

Remembering Fireflies


 

 

 

 

Remembering Fireflies

 

   A few nights ago, I was in the backyard and I believe I saw several fireflies. Do you remember fireflies? When we lived in upstate South Carolina fireflies were everywhere during the summer months. As the evening deepened, the fireflies covered our backyard and I believe they came to light the world of backyards … at least our yard! I was never one for catching these little flying light bulbs, they were too enjoyable! And to think of them confined to a jar is unthinkable to me!

   Last week I wrote about getting children ready for the upcoming school year and I touched on “obesity.” I thank those of you who responded … especially the school teacher who is constantly worried about what some of her students have to eat on the weekends. I’m glad we have week day food programs at our schools, especially breakfast! (Who doesn’t like pizza every once and a while for breakfast?)

   This week, I am still thinking about children and how we might help them in keeping alive their inborn sense of wonder, joy, excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in and share with the fireflies.  I wonder how many of us can be that kind of companion to children. Do we still marvel at our own sense of inner creative joy that looks at everything as though we were seeing it for the first time? I guess most of us rely on children to help us adults see things in a new light; we use them, sometimes, to refresh our sense of wonder. Let’s also find joy in helping them fuel their creativity.

   Six years ago, this month, I was a patient at the Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. Getting rid of Atrial Fib was a blessing and today I am so much healthier than I was then! Readers of this article, members of our congregation, and friends from around the country shared thoughts and prayers for my health with Joyce and me. They were like the glow from fireflies lighting the path toward wholeness for me! I am so grateful that friends took time to help me explore new perspectives on the healing process. Some very close friends even helped renew in my mind the need to bring back more creative time in my own life.

   I would suggest that creativity in whatever form – writing, painting, cooking, gardening, etc. – takes us to a higher plane, lifting our spirits and strengthening our healing energy. So, as the evening comes to your yard, take someone by the hand and go out to gaze in awe at the stars above and the fireflies below. And remember that our own light is a beacon illuminating our soul with magic and spreading joy and hope in the night. 08.10.2014

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at: rbaggettfpc@cableone.com

 


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