Seeing Red: A Summer Sanctuary
The Photo: Seeing Red.
Green Bay, Wisconsin, is home to more than a famous football team. It should be no surprise that it does gather on the shores of Green Bay, and that water plays an active role in the community. A busy area in the summer is Bay Beach Amusement Park. Directly across from the Zippin’ Pippin’ roller coaster is something wonderful for nature—the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, a 700 acre urban nature preserve. This area of protection and quiet is open year round and is a well-cared for jewel in the heart of this vigorous sports-minded city.
Recently, I visited this preserve and was impressed with a number of what I took to be Redhead ducks. Fascinating to watch as they dove into the water, floated, lifted off and dove again, I caught this particular duck coming toward me. The Redheads seemed to feel completely secure, almost as though they knew—knew—no hunters could approach them in this sanctuary area, by definition a safe place.
And that got me thinking about a safe place to recover from life’s noise this summer. Once I get off the roller coaster, am I working that in to my summer schedule? One of the characteristics of a childhood summer, at least traditionally, is the lazy feel—but that really stands in for the feel of general quiet, a time apart to daydream and drift. To recover. Sanctuary in the adult world. It may be a day, a location or a state of mind. I’m double checking my schedule right now …
I also think of those who are affected by the new fire here in Colorado Springs, including several coworkers and friends. I hope you will join me in prayers that they will find their sanctuary in the aftermath as they are seeing red in the flames of their homes. And prayers for the firefighters as well.
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