By Doug Hagmann
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
As the events in Boston played out over the last two weeks, one facet of this administration’s actions kept troubling me.
I couldn’t quite see it through the dense fog of information and accusations at first, but then in the dark of a restless night after my oral surgery a few days ago, I looked skyward and asked God Almighty for some light on the big picture, because I’m a “big picture, bottom line” kind of guy. It seemed that within seconds, the clouds overhead began to break, and out of the darkness rose a full moon. Somehow it seemed like an answer, but how?
I thought about my family and friends and then about my country and the world. I tend to be a little dense at times and it still wasn’t quite clear to me what the moon rising on the horizon had to do with my hope for divinely inspired insights and revelations. Amid the haze of my pain and medication, I startled myself by talking out loud to the Almighty, perhaps a bit too testily for which I hope I will be forgiven. “Don’t you see,” I fumed,
“I’m just trying to get some perspective on our situation. How can I help people if I can’t get their attention on the big problems looming right in front of us?
”Perhaps it was the medication, but for the life of me I thought I heard God chuckle a bit as I just stood there staring at the odd moonlit shapes and shadows around me. It’s strange how moonlight makes the colors go away, turning everything monochrome.
The dark shadows of a rising moon distort and lie about what is really around you. The buds and flowers on the oak and cherry tree branches which seemed so beautiful and reassuring on the previous spring afternoon suddenly become foreboding and stark. The slightest, rustling breeze puts one’s senses on edge, seeing what your imagination is hearing.
Bad moon risingStanding in the darkness, my thoughts wandered to a song from my youth by Credence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising. The lyrics were well imprinted in my subconscious: “I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightnin’. I see bad times today. Don’t go around tonight, well, it’s bound to take your life, there’s a bad moon on the rise.”I already felt sick and the thoughts induced by that…….