“Half a loaf is better than no bread.”
Several years ago, during a vacation in Ireland, I picked up a small book titled “Favorite Irish Proverbs.”
On this very different St. Patrick’s Day, when the pubs are closed and the streets are empty, I was struck by the above saying while flipping through those pages of wisdom.
It is easy these days to wish for more as we seek refuge and safety from an invisible virus.
During this time of social distancing, it is easy to look beyond those in our midst by giving our attention to alarming news updates, and conversations of preparation and hypotheticals.
We may even find ourselves wondering what could have been these days before we canceled our plans and suspended our normal way of life.
Perhaps one of the great spiritual lessons now presented before us is to be grateful to the present- to be truly appreciative of the gifts in our midst.
We do not know when the temperature will rise, when the phone will ring with difficult news, or when life will return to normal.
What we do know is that perhaps for the first time, in a long time, life is again precious.
- Might we be grateful for our friends and family, even if at a distance.
- Might we be grateful for the food that we have as many go without.
- Might we be grateful for the health we have, as we know many are lacking it in our world.
- Might we be grateful for the work and responsibilities that we may have, as we know many who are unemployed.
- Might we be grateful for the courageous and brave individuals who are risking their lives so others might live.
Finally, might we thank our God, knowing that God is always present, even when God might feel far away.
Might we fall to our knees, grateful for the many blessings, especially the ones we may take for granted.
A blessed St. Patrick’s Day to you all.