On the top floor of the building at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine there is a room with windows on three sides. The view is, needless to say, spectacular. One of the windows faces a bank of very tall trees. It is very reflective to just sit and watch the trees which seem to move at the mercy of the wind. In reality, the trees move, not at the mercy of the wind, but with the wind.
This movement changes with the seasons. Each season brings its own particular force; a pelting rain, a gentle drizzle, a blizzard, the first hint of snow, hail and all that these forces of nature have to offer. If one looks at the uppermost branches of the tree those branches are affected most by the changing of seasons. Those top branches are the spindliest, and look as if in the force of the wind that they might break off, but they don’t. Their movement suggests that the branches are dancing. They might be waltzing with each other, dancing a lively polka or slow dancing in the heat of the afternoon. All in all, it is a beautiful meditation.
These movements of nature serve as a metaphor for life. We too are at the top of the tree. We live our lives in the company of others. Our living is like dancing with other people. We too are fragile, but if we bend when life throws its worst at us we will not break. Sometimes we are graceful, sometimes so quick that we seem frenetic in our movements. If we consider God as the director of the movements and we move with and not against the elements, like the spindly branches, we will not break either. If we allow God to help us in our dance then we will grow just as the branches grow for the next season. Perhaps we will not understand the steps of the dance, but if we let God lead, we too will be a picture of beauty.
Bible Vs.: Psalm 149: 1, 3-4
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with timbrel and harp and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.
Prayer: O, Lord let me allow you to direct my life. Let me praise you for my success and let me find comfort in you for my failures. For when I stiffen at your urgings in my life it is then that I become unhappy and break. You always pick me up and put me back together. Lord, help me to have the courage and faith to follow your lead.
Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine to follow the Lord’s lead in your life. We are located at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, visit the gift shop open daily. Come to daily Mass Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:00 AM, Tuesday at 5:00 PM, Saturday at 8:00 AM and Sunday at 8:00 and 9:30 AM, with the 9:30 AM Mass outdoor. On Sundays, May through October have breakfast at St. Ann Dining Room from after the 9:30 AM Mass until 11:30 AM and lunch from noon until 2:30 PM. Let the Lord lead you here.