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In my perception, the word play is like a lighthouse flashing critical illumination along hazardous rocky shorelines. Without play, darkness envelops the psyche, and encrusts inner faculties with viper-like stings, frequently self-imposed. With play’s bag of surprises, however, creativity surges; glee mounts as more of the beautiful reveals herself, in nature, art works, design, even a forgiven child with a skinned knee.   

A deeper look at play seems to suggest something of the Sacred, at work. The Old New Testament uses the verb, play, seventy-three times: with musical instruments, with harlotry, with performing, and with children. Each expression of play draws upon the individual’s imagination and uplifts listeners or warns them to wake up and observe the Law of Moses. 

A fifth use of this verb differs from the others. From the book of Proverbs (8:29-31) comes,

                    …when he laid the foundations of the earth

I was by his side, a master craftsman,

delighting him day after day,

ever at play in his presence,

at play everywhere in his world

delighting to be with the sons of man.

Within the essence of God, there seems to be a player who enjoys being with us, who takes delight with our efforts to play/ or co-create with him.

I would have loved to have known the sage who received this insight and gave it expression, centuries ago.

Elizabeth Lighthouse – Portland, Maine

The sound of a grating motor from our court drew me toward the front window. A swarthy site worker, wearing a white hard hat and a yellow vest with orange stripes, was guiding the long nozzle of the sewer cleaning truck into a twelve-inch hole near the curb of our street. There was a problem, a big one.

Years of runaway waters from torrential rains had left the walls of the storm sewers mashed with residual debris, and in need of replacement. No longer was there space for additional waters to flow. With St. Louis based Fred M. Luth Contractors awarded the contract, no longer will flooding basements and standing water irk the residents—Start-up, to begin next month.

This image gave me considerable pause. Erratic weather patterns, worldwide, speak of trickster gimps riding roughshod over our land, leaving the unsettled, grossly unsettled, with more government expenditures from the already empty pot.

Aside from the noise and inconvenience of our court’s storm sewer replacement, Luth’s response will, at best, be temporary, given the continued weather aberrations over which there seems little control.

Nevertheless, the replacement of the storm sewer will go ahead, and vagabond waters will no longer destroy property, at least for now. That’s a plus!

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