You are a miracle, just as you are, just as you are.
You are a child of God, just as you are, just as you are.
God has done great things for us and prepared a place for you.
So, with the time we have left do something beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Tom Booth/Carl Herrgesell
I’ve just returned from my most recent road trip. It was a journey of 800 miles more or less and took me through some fairly desolate Western geography where likely my angel was co-pilot as I experienced no mechanical or driving problems throughout the adventure. Without wonderous landscapes and natural markers to distract me, I was able to see something awesome, repeatedly. A variety of artists were fortunately scattered on my way and making something beautiful. People have remarkable creativity. I cannot say whether this art came from a human response to return some of the beauty God has given us. It pleases me to think so.
Each day on the trail I pick up the trash. Restore order small scale Clear debris with panache Flush cottontail and quail. That’s not a newsflash.
Discovery of the proverbial white rabbit, however, certainly is unusual. Like Lewis Carroll’s famous creature, I found myself fretting “Oh dear, Oh dear, I shall be too late.” In this case, I feared I would be too late to save the poor little thing, obviously, a pet, escaped or abandoned, from our Arizona elements. With summer heat at its most intense, usually 105+ and that snow white coat, I figured its odds of survival at near zero. How to help it? I feared without intervention, it would not last a day.
Every day past the school I carried the sack, Penny sniffed, Penny looked And, we kept careful track But, only trash filled the sack. She watched me get fitter. Sometimes begged for a treat. No crime except litter Ever found on our street.
I don’t usually report on healthcare as it’s not my area of expertise. I suffer from believing just as much of the murky mythology surrounding it as anyone else. A Mission of Mercy is a classic in promoting the resilient community. In a way, the local volunteers aren’t delivering healthcare, they are delivering hope.
My reports more often describe the interesting places and quirky things you might see while touring Phoenix. I like to include adventures that fit the senior lifestyle or assist disabled tourists in some way. Let’s face it, we all want to see what’s out there. The more I thought about it though, A Mission of Mercy is, in fact, an interesting place…..er… places. It’s mobile, you see.
Dr. Seuss once called “The Waiting Place, a most useless place.” He had an entertaining way of describing this level of broken. In his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, he described people
“Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.”
A Mission of Mercy volunteer chooses to wait not at all. They go. They serve. They deliver.