Many people lose the small joys in hopes of the big happiness. - Pearl S. Buck
In listening last week to Blind Willie Johnson’s song, “Dark is the Night, Cold is the Ground,” I learned that on the Golden Record that is aboard the Voyager 1 space probe, launched in 1977, this was one of the music recordings on the record along with other sounds and images from Earth. At a little over 13 billion miles out it is now the farthest human made object from Earth.
In adjusting, again, to many of our students being on Zoom for a couple weeks we can lose sight of the small joys; it can feel like we are a billion miles away from where we want to be. As we go through this time, carrying another disappointment, we can apply something former President Jimmy Carter said in a note placed on the Voyage 1 probe: We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.
At this point at SHA we are trying to reconnect with each other, not other life forms that may exist. To survive these times we can look to this past Sunday and upcoming Sunday where we celebrate Jesus’ ascension followed by the coming of the Holy Spirit; Jesus assures us he will sustain us through the Holy Spirit—small joys are still there, and they will bring us to that greater joy we seek with each other.
Showcasing 7th grade’s talents: Though safe in this small rowboat Catherine shows how we can feel daunted all the same as we are overshadowed the Golden Gate Bridge.
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