Sunday, 30 December 2012
On the cusp of a new year
This is sunset over Point Loma from Coronado Beach... a stunning display almost pyrotechnic in its splendour and depth of colour. We have been experiencing the festive season on the west coast of America. Its rather strange in some ways - scenes of snowmen and lights in the shape of snowflakes adorn many front gardens and houses - and yet the nearest snow is a short plane ride or long car journey away. Most days are sunny and balmy - high 60's - low 70's sort of weather - but the nights are quite chilly and refreshingly so.
We have both our 80+ year old mothers with us so that they too can see where their granddaughter calls home. Both will have a birthday whilst away and we reflected as the first passed that when she was born the thought that this new baby girl would spend a birthday in her 80's watching the sun go down over the Pacific would have seemed impossible for her parents to imagine let alone comprehend.
But time passes and society 'advances' - though I use that phrase to imply that our understanding of technology and the scientific wisdom that underpins it is what moves on. In reality our basic instincts remain the same. The world is still scarred by misuse of power and injustice, diminished by poverty and greed. We still witness the destructive forces of war and watch on as innocent masses are displaced or, worse, injured as a consequence. We watch on impotently as the pain of centuries are perpetuated into the present day.
With each sunset there is the promise of a fresh new day. With the passing of the year is the hope of a bright new dawn for our world. Yet we rarely seem to learn the lessons of the past and step out bravely into the future with resolve to improve...
May 2013 be a year of joy and blessing for you and yours