460 A 90th Birthday Blessing to Celebrate Alice Waco Written by Victoria MacDonald
460 Saturday, June 19th, 2021
A 90th Birthday Blessing to Celebrate Alice Waco
Written by Victoria MacDonald
Birthday Blessing to Celebrate
Written by Victoria MacDonald
In the waning days
of your parent’s depression-era dreams,
your bright spirit
lept excitedly into the ether of this swirling planet!
With stardust still clinging, you did not know
just where, or when, or how your life
might flow from first touchdown to fulfillment;
such thoughts registering not even a minor concern!
For deep inside you, a homing mechanism
always just seemed to know the way.
Those early fledgling childhood adventures
somehow led to enfolding convent days of
busy teaching schedules, academic pursuits and accomplishments.
But simultaneous to these, deep explorations
into immense outer and inner worlds were galvanizing within you.
Later, flowing from those days, a northern California city,
Santa Rosa, soon gained you as their lauded Chemistry teacher,
attracting colleagues, friends and students to
the elements, periodic tables, and wisdom of your life!
Before long, friends of friends, feeling that same “chemistry”
introduced you to Bill McKee, an equally volatile spirit of energy and delight;
photography, poetry, inspiration, running and cycling like the wind!
What explosions of joy and goodness seemed to combust from your two spirits!
Though, together not long enough,
his now absent, presence, permeates each atom of your being!
The porch that Bill built, while you were away,
stands proudly alongside the garden flowers and plants
you both so loved… and cherish still.
And, signs honoring your abiding commitment to social justice
still dot your neighborhood.
Though your many years of trips to Nicaragua and weekend prison ministry
here at home have lessened, your heartfelt dedication has not.
When decades ago, religion lost its shimmer, you somehow found your way
to the doors of Emmaus, bringing with you
all the many components of your life, that found fueling in the arms of Emmaus.
Now surrounded by all of us, your Emmaus family,
may you, our dear bright spirit, Alice,
feel the love which you have generated over all these many years,
encircling you now!
May every good gift you have offered, every insight gained,
every hand of compassion you have extended, come back to you…a hundredfold!
May the bright spark of your spirit, Alice, ignite all those you have touched
through these ninety incredible years of your life!
Ignite us all to walk with you, Alice,
to continue accompanying you in your good and lasting work,
seeking peace, honoring goodness and truth; touching others
with tenderness, healing and compassion.
We your Emmaus Community
encircle you today, Alice, with love beyond measure,
and our biggest 90th birthday blessings
to you today
and everyday of this year to come…
And the good people of this beloved Emmaus community say,
AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!
Presented on this day,
June 18, 2021,
with love always,
Your Emmaus Community
More photos by Hermine coming!