August 2017


In the universe, difficult things are done as if they are easy and great acts are made up of small deeds.  Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the spectacular light show known as the “aurora borealis”, which is Latin for the “Northern Lights”.  You can see the “Northern Lights” at any time of the year, but they are most common in the fall and are best seen on dark moonless nights.

The “Northern Lights” are caused by magnetic storms on the sun.  Billions of charged particles stream from the sun and are drawn to the earth’s magnetic poles.  As they enter the atmosphere, they “excite” atoms of oxygen and nitrogen and cause them to emit light.  Pale shimmering reds, greens, and blues seem to ripple and dance across the northern sky.

The electrical power that generates the northern lights is enormous.  It is estimated to be about a trillion watts.  That is more electricity than the United States consumes in a whole year.  The “Northern Lights” can and do raise havoc with cell phones and all things electronic.

In the universe, little things make a big difference.  The same is true when it comes to our lives.  We may be too proud to ask for help when we need it, or even accept it when it is offered.  But, often a simple smile, or a kind word will slip through our defenses and really change things for us.

On occasion, difficulties can loom so great, as to preclude all but the most drastic solutions.  Well-meaning friends, unable to provide the precise help that is needed, will simply opt to do nothing at all.  But simple acts of quiet caring do make a difference.  Mountains of trouble have been moved by caring friends who carry away a few stones at a time.

An elderly lady once commented on the great kindness shared by family and friends at the death of her husband.  But the kindness that helped the most came from her nephew’s wife.  She sent a thoughtful, cheerful letter once a week for many months.  Those weekly letters, gentle reminders of another care, were a small thing, but they made a great difference.  So it is that difficult things are done in a universe as if they are easy, and great acts are made up of small deeds.


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