This past week, I spent some time in the Adirondacks with dear friends. It is so beautiful here. I love the smell of pines, the beautiful lake with Cattails, the light shining through tall pines and aspens, walks in the woods.
They have a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, which is next to the pond. St. Francis felt that nature all of G-d’s creations were part of his brotherhood. The sparrow was his brother, as much as anyone else.
As I was enjoying the beauty, I thought of other dear friends who are living with the terror and fear of wild fires spreading through the beautiful lands of California. They are hopeful that they will not become climate refugees, like so many others.
My hope is that we would have the vision of St. Francis of Assisi, and love the trees, the land and all of nature and beauty as much as our brothers and sisters.