There are aquifers under our feet and in our hearts: How can you bless those around you?
I recently read about Beaverton’s aquifer storage and recovery where drinking water is stored underground in the winter and spring and pumped out during summer’s increasing demands (https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/325/Aquifer-Storage-Recovery).
Consider the blessings poured into our lives. Family, friends, teachers, classmates, coaches, mentors, colleagues, coworkers, faith communities, charitable organizations, neighbors, and many others have watered our lives with the blessings in theirs, filling our human aquifers to the brim.
Let us remember the shared blessings beneath the surface of our lives as we commemorate Independence Day: the gifts and ideals deposited long ago into our national aquifer.
We are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal, and that out of many people, one nation is being formed. We are to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare.
These are the blessings of liberty, the deposit into our country’s aquifer from which we draw.
Because those are ideals, we have yet to fully realized them. Langton Hughes, in “Let America Be America Again” wrote, “I say it plain, America never was America to me, and yet I swear this oath—America will be!” The more perfect union with liberty and justice for all is yet to be.
Our contributions to civic life add to that aquifer until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream. We who draw from that aquifer are obliged to refill it, securing liberty’s blessings for ourselves and our posterity so that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
What blessings can you share with others, this community, state, nation, and larger world? In sharing those, you will also be blessed!
Thank you for reading. I look forward to integrating myself into the life of Beaverton. Rev Sybrant has a Masters in Divinity, Social Work, and a Doctor of Ministry. For more information, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road www.murrayhills.org | 503-524-5230