I found God on the corner of 1st and Amistad.
That’s such a great opening line! In Spanish, amistad means friendship. I love that idea… good lyrics, guys! And a powerful song.
The thing is though… God is everywhere. God has already found us… it’s us who need to find God. God leaves messages all over the place. We just need to look for them and listen and then we’ll find the meaning. Thomas Merton found God… on a street corner in downtown Louisville, Kentucky way back in 1958.
In Louisville, on the corner of Fourth and Walnut in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I was theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers… I have the immense joy of being human, a member of the race in which God himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. If only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun!
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
We are all walking around shining like the sun!
What a great way to spend the day!