Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wild animal.” Choose a wild animal (or many wild animals) and use it any way you’d like in your post. Enjoy!
Wild animals are not necessarily wild to each other. People can act as wild as (other) animals sometimes. Elephants grieve the loss of their loved ones in ways that we can see. Whale mothers carry their dead babies for days or weeks, not wanting to let go. Dolphins, Chimpanzees, and birds have been seen using tools. Wolves use strategic pack coordination in hunting. What makes them wild and humans not wild?
You can read about the emotional lives of “wild” animals
Today, penguins have been on my mind. Our choir director used to call us penguins because we dressed out in black and white choir garb. He has a collection of stuffed penguins on the organ. Now, his body is becoming overwhelmed by cancer. He’s been moved to hospice. It’s real now.
Chris has been a big part of my life for years of Wednesday night choir practice. His strange sense of humor made practice interesting. When Mama Cat was living at the church in the pre-pandemic years, Chris was the main person to feed her. She had a reputation as being mean, like a wild animal, but she was really scared. Her first expression of affection to a human was to rub against Chris’s legs. During the pandemic, when we were not having church, Mama Cat came to live with me. She’s not wild anymore.
Since Chris has been sick, I’ve been picking most of the music for Sunday mornings and playing my guitar to lead the congregation in singing. We tried a couple of hymns acapella, but that is risky. My guitar skills are very basic and much softer than Chris’s organ playing, but the guitar helps us be on key as I find the confidence to sing loud and clear enough to lead the singing.
On Tuesday, after seeing the scripture readings, I emailed my suggestions for Sunday’s music. Our priest added a suggestion from the hymn book. I started to feel a little overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s hard to find the guitar chords for traditional hymns so I’ve been leaning toward more contemporary songs. Now, I’d have to look for the chords and see how hard they were. I started to respond in an email that I was feeling a little overwhelmed. But I got a nudge. I checked one of my songbooks with chords and found the hymn there. The chords were easy! No problem.
Yesterday, I was praying. I started by giving thanks for the blessings of my life. I suddenly realized that with all the blessings – David, retirement, security, and relatively good health – I realized that preparing and leading music at church for a while is the least I can do. This is a temporary situation. Life is temporary. I can do this ministry with love and gratitude.
Animals act wild when overwhelmed by fear or maybe hunger. They act on instinct to protect themselves. The same thing can happen with us humans. We get anxious or confused. I think, this is too much. It’s not going to work. My stomach tightens and not in a good way. But if I take a deep breath, pray, and get more information, things work out. I also want to remember that most things are not life and death situations, except when they really are.
Here are some old and new photos:
I can’t get the “Eagles Wings” song chorus out of my head and that’s okay.
It goes like (this with God saying):
And I will raise you up on eagles wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of my hand.
Here’s our choir singing it a few years ago with Chris playing the organ.
Update: Chris passed away this morning. I’m very sad, but thankful he did not suffer long.
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March 4, 2023 at 10:13 am
This was an absolute uplifting treat! I’m better for having read it. Thank-you! [Prayers for David ❤ ]
March 4, 2023 at 4:44 pm
Thanks, Susan. Chris died this morning. David is okay.
March 4, 2023 at 4:51 pm
Oh, so sorry. 🙏😢
March 4, 2023 at 9:12 pm
March 4, 2023 at 12:32 pm
Hi JoAnna, I am so sorry about the loss of your friend, Chris. How wonderful that you can play the guitar and lead music at Church. I always wanted to play an instrument but never had the chance.
March 4, 2023 at 4:47 pm
Thanks, Robbie. A friend taught me to play guitar in high school. I got back into it about twenty years ago. The hardest thing about learning to play guitar is getting your fingertips toughened up. Drums, as in African drums are easier, I think.
March 4, 2023 at 1:01 pm
Beautiful photos and video and musings. Life is precious and so fleeting. I’m sorry for your and the church’s loss.🌹
March 4, 2023 at 8:49 pm
Thank you so much. Life is precious and fleeting.
March 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend, Chris. His organ may be quiet now, but your voices still ring out with your guitar strings ❤
March 4, 2023 at 9:01 pm
Thank you, Rosaliene. I will fondly remember the songs he taught us and his offbeat sense of humor.
March 4, 2023 at 2:23 pm
Very sorry for your loss. Eagle Wings is a beautiful song. Always brings me peace.
March 4, 2023 at 9:02 pm
Thanks so much. Eagle Wings is one of my favorites. Glad it brings you peace, too. ❤
March 4, 2023 at 9:28 pm
Sorry for your loss. Thank you for all the pictures. The cat and you holding the Penguin was awesome! Happy Saturday!
March 5, 2023 at 8:45 pm
Thanks, Dave. I hope you had a good weekend.
March 5, 2023 at 10:43 am
I’m sorry for the loss of Chris.
March 5, 2023 at 9:42 pm
Thank you, Brad. It reminds me how short life is. I will miss his sense of humor.
March 5, 2023 at 9:50 pm
So sad you are so sorry for.the loss of your friend Chris .as a musician. Thanks Anita
March 5, 2023 at 9:52 pm
Thank you, Anita.
March 7, 2023 at 7:21 am
I’m sorry, JoAnna, for Chris’s passing. I’m glad he didn’t suffer and that you have been able to provide your guitar at the services. I always enjoy reading your writing, and feeling and sensing your heart as you experience and process life. Thank goodness for your good health and all the things that are bringing you joy right now. 💗
March 7, 2023 at 9:18 pm
Thank you, Ka, for this wonderful comment. I appreciate your understanding and compassion very much. ❤
March 7, 2023 at 10:18 pm