Written by Steven Liechty
Reebee Kavich Girash
"I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers." - Ephesians 1:16
I often commute by bicycle through one of the most congested neighborhoods in greater Boston, Davis Square. At rush hour, this is an obstacle course requiring absolute concentration. My goal is to arrive safely, not quickly – so I must stay constantly alert in order to avoid pedestrians as well as car doors. On occasion I lose focus and get a little too close to a turning vehicle. Sometimes I hear unkind words or blaring horns.
Last week was different. For five days in a row, my commute through Davis Square included a blessing of me and my bicycle. Monday through Thursday, it was the same gentleman, standing at the bus stop, who grinned, raised his hand and called, "God bless you, have a good day, be safe!" as I pedaled past. Once while I was stopped at a light next to him, I told him how much I appreciated his blessings, and he replied "I like to look out for the cyclists, and the moms and babies, and the blind folks who come through the Square." Friday, it was a different gentleman who asked me and a fellow cyclist if we were having a good time on our bikes. Yes, we replied. Good, he said – I had fun commuting by bike for thirty years! And then he said, "God bless you and be safe."
This week, as I rode through the Square, I could not stop thinking about these gentlemen, and their blessings. What gifts of peace in the storm! I do not cease to give thanks for them and I remember them in my prayers.
God, thank you for the folks who bless us on our way. And whether we're commuting by foot, bus, bike or car, may we offer more blessings than blaring horns. Amen.
Reebee Kavich Girash is the Denominational Counselor to UCC and Disciples of Christ students at Harvard Divinity School, and a member of First Church in Somerville (Massachusetts), UCC.