~~ Morning Prayer ~~
Thank you, God, for the beauty
Of the light upon the trees,
And though I see it every day,
Help me always see
The cloak upon the river
From the morning fog
And help me, Lord,
To always hear the mundane dialogue
Those simple common moments
That make up my day
To be present,
This I pray.
“You’re the Godspeed guy,” I said, when I finally recognized the man with whom I had been in conversation.
“That’s right,” he replied.
“That movie was life-changing for me,” I told him.
Godspeed, the movie.
Not the 2009 “intense, dramatic thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun” (IMDB description).
No — I’m talking about the documentary subtitled “The Pace of Being Known.”
“Did it make you want to move to Scotland?” Matt Canlis asked, and he explained that that’s what some people got from it.
“Not at all,” I said. “It made me want to slow down.”
“Good,” he said.
Last year, after watching Matt’s film at Hutchmoot, I started taking long walks into town. My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 — to not use self-checkout at the grocery store — grew from the movie.
No, he didn’t talk about grocery stores in Godspeed. He talked about taking time to see people and the importance of community.
Then, there he was — in person.
Matt Canlis, the Godspeed guy, spoke at Hutchmoot this year. I wrote down more of his words than any other speaker.
Things like — “When God says, ‘Here I am,’ He’s always closer than you think, and in places you don’t expect Him.”
Or, “Our home is our greener grass.”
When I was at the grocery store yesterday, not using the self-checkout, waiting in line behind two other people, I marveled at the way the woman at the register knew not only me, because I go there every day, but the young man who refused the gas points — “Oh, that’s right. You walk everywhere.” — and the older man — “When are you retiring?” “The 28th.” “Of this month?!” After he nodded, she stopped counting out his change and turned to grasp his hand in warm congratulations. “I’m so happy for you,” she said.
She was living at Godspeed, seeing the people who come through her line, and interacting with them. It’s so much better than a self-checkout.
I started a new job this week, lifeguarding for a couple of hours in the early morning before anyone at the house is awake. It was a way to help the new Aquatics Director. She was desperate for lifeguards, and I thought, I can do that.
“Lifeguarding is mind-numbing,” Philip said to me when I told him what he was doing.
He should know. I’m working a shift that he used to work as a teen. He did push-ups and walked laps around the pool to stay awake at 6AM, but that’s my time of day.
This morning, at the pool, one man struck up a conversation telling me about Native American artifacts he found in a field. After every dive, he would swim over to where I was standing to tell me a little more.
Another woman warned me that I may have to rescue her. “I haven’t swam in a while,” she said.
“That’s okay,” I told her. “I haven’t lifeguarded in a while.” We both laughed.
Lifeguarding is most definitely a Godspeed job.
My greener grass includes a pool. Not many people can say that.
Plus, the commute in the early morning is beautiful (check out the photograph at the top!).
And, I got to meet the Godspeed guy, which was one of the highlights of going to Hutchmoot.