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Thanksgiving – The Ocean

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

Some weeks back I took my young son down to Redcliffe. It was a warm sunny day, late for the season, but perfect for taking a dip in the calm waters. As he splashed about and jumped over his first sets of breakers, there was constant stream of laughter and joy. How amazing that something not battery powered could hold such fascination and appeal, and yet there it is – for centuries the ocean has held its attraction for us as human beings, whether as recreation either to sit beside or swim in, or as adventure and challenge to be tackled in boats.

Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach

With over 25,000 kilometres of choice coastline we are certainly spoiled for choice in Australia; the incredible green-blue waters off Cottesloe Beach in Perth, the clear tropical waters off Port Douglas or the darker navy seas off the south coast of Victoria. According to the bible the Lord created the oceans on the third day: “And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so.” At near on 70% of the earth’s surface area, he didn’t do things by halves.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas

While we may now quibble about the fact that NASA and the space exploration programs have been stripped financially, there is still an awful lot of the ocean and its depths we don’t know in anywhere near as much detail as Mars. Given the unknown role the ocean is playing as a carbon sink absorbing heat (the much needed counteractive to global warming?) would it not be wiser to devote a few more resources to investigating this unknown realm on our doorstep than the outer reaches of space?

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Alas for those of us who will never set foot Jules Verne like in a submarine there is still more than enough fun to be had at the surface level. Think of the hallucinogenic effect that can occur from summer days at the beach; swimming in the water and then flopping back on your towel and getting dried by the sun under a big sombrero. As you doze the entrancing sound of the waves, the wind rushing low along the sand and the seagulls scrapping over crumbs all work their magic to lull your muscles into such a relaxed state that as you head back to the car you feel like a newborn baby. It is in one of the truest senses a “re-creation”

For all the great oceans which the Lord has bequeathed to us in the creation, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Wit

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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