Today’s view is from the porch of a condo in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. This is the bayside. Just like the ocean, the bay gets larger and smaller with the tides. Right now the tide is coming in and soon there will be less grassy area. When the tide goes out, it’s hard to imagine even the boats getting through the channel.
The bayside provides a nice breeze and much bird life to watch. Egrets land and wade in the swampy grass, looking for fish or frog. Red Winged Blackbirds sit atop the reeds and sing their familiar call. Swifts and terns fly about. An Osprey nests in the distance.
And the pattern has gone on for thousands of years. Yes, storms have changed the shape and undoubtedly human beings have changed the shape too. But the daily in and out of the tides has gone on and on. The nesting and activity of the birds hasn’t changed much. Being here on the porch is soothing. The sounds and the pattern are relaxing.
Forty years ago, planning began for St. Agnes’ House and after a time on Woodland Avenue, by 1977, the House opened in its current location. Yes, things have changed, but the basic mission of providing affordable, safe, clean lodging for people needing medical care or their family members has remained the same. The daily tasks of cleaning rooms, changing sheets, taking reservations go on and on. The care, prayer, and hospitality continue. St. Agnes’ House is reliable like the rising and falling of the tides.
Enjoy this view from the porch!