Today is May Day, celebrated around the world as the day of the workers. Today we honor the people who fought–and still fight–for workers’ rights, the people who contribute their sweat for the good of a (hopefully) well-run society, the ones who get the job done.
It is also the day of Beltane, one of the ancient celebrations of spring and fertility. Look around you, at all that is growing so wildly, so full of life force. What forces within you are pushing their way toward the sunlight? What will not be contained? What is exploding into bloom? What vines curl outward from your center?
1. The way life sometimes brings you exactly what you need. Two years ago on this day, I received a message from a friend saying that he had heard there was an opening on the English Faculty at Lancaster Mennonite High School.
2. The workers. All the unsung people who make things run, and often without much thanks. And all who work to make a more just society, not simply because it will benefit them, but because it will benefit all. Happy May Day!
3. Daniel Berrigan, who died yesterday at 94. A good man who lived his faith.
4. The certainty that the wheel will turn and a new thing will always come around again. May comes again. Happy May Day!
5. The richness of the pink on those dogwood trees in the rain.
May we walk in Beauty!