Ah! I can receive the gift of my life on this new day with gratitude! I can rejoice in the Lord always …
Philippians 4: 4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ J...
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Daily Question, November 30
How have challenges taught me to stand in new ways?
I stand in new ways in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges because I surrender myself and those challenges into the hands of the One who created me in love. In other words I accept those challenges, rather than balking and fighting every inch of the way …
Yes, I stand tall and free in spite of what seems to be impossible because I am no longer the centre of the universe. God is.<...
Yes, I stand tall and free in spite of what seems to be impossible because I am no longer the centre of the universe. God is.
All belong, all love and are loved, everyone has all that they have need of, our waters are clean, our air no longer polluted. All live deeply the richness of life in all its fullness, and death? Where is your sting! You are no more! In short, heaven on earth!
The miracle of my life. Stars shining at night. Adoration. A walk in woods, or a lovely garden. The friends who love me. Sunrise. Remembering how blessed I am. Scripture. The ocean. Mountains. The gift of each new day …
When I was a child, in a room on the second floor of our home in Port Credit, at a time when I was deeply unhappy, emotionally in pain, excluded and alone, I could see the stars shining through my window at night and was reassured. A sense of eternity, of something far greater than the tiny, sad little world I lived in my day to day life, and a sense of being loved and of belonging came to me on those lonely nights.
Happily, I do feel grateful! No shift required …
Running water, electricity, heating, the building I live in, the supermarkets near by and the food I buy that I need to live, public transportation close at hand … bus, train, plane, boat … all nearby … roads and tracks and rivers and sky … gardens of others to enjoy (I live in an apartment) … community centres and libraries … churches … neighbours …
Perhaps by living with gratitude I pass on something to others …
Well, no one person (except our Lord) can embody all human gifts … so it is a joy to be around those with other gifts and talents … I get a better sense of the richness of human potentiality …
I do not really know what my gift is. Suggestions as to how to discover what it is?
My health is good, and I am involved in two churches … Adoring, reading, serving, singing, rosaries, attending Masses. My job is as a care-giver for a religious sister. I am lucky to have work at nearly 70 years of age that is satisfying to both myself and my client! Family relationships are good as well, and I am happy to live where I do, and to be in a country that is at peace (Canada).
I try to live my faith more and more deeply and authentically.
It encourages me to feel deeper compassion for others, rather than reacting to the things they do that are not pleasing to me.
I notice a static hum which I take to mean Presence. It may be tinnitus, of course, failing ears … but I take it to mean a loving Presence, supporting me in my loneliness, anxiety and pain …
This is a second ‘answer’ to this question. It is another question …. There are those moments when I am just interested in doing something distracting, like Mike’s cards, which, fortunately, no longer works on my current version of Mac OS. There must be more creative ways to live free moments!
I think the emotion alone is more superficial and shorter lived, and can have, for me, a somewhat frenetic intensity. Being gratefully is more deeply rooted, more calm, like a deep well of water that can be returned to and drunk deeply from.
It is true. The gift of our life is so precious! Every moment is to be lived as fully as possible, not by exterior demands, but by being present fully, to be rooted in my own being, which is tenderly held in Being in our loving Creator.
Take a nap.
The best comes out of me when I have challenges!
Each and every one …
I lost my job. My sister has offered me some work, for which she will pay me, plus she will treat me to dinner. My friend Linda has invited me over to her place to do some work for her as well, and that means I likely will receive both some pay and some food. Generous family and friends!
I am going to take one last opportunity to reconcile with my boss tomorrow, and people are praying for us.
Will you pray for us too?
Bless you, Samuel! It is a difficult situation. I am care-giver for a very ill woman who can be very reactive. I think she needs me more than I need the small pay I receive. Reconciliation, yes! This job continuing? Let’s leave that in God’s loving hands. If she takes me back, I will care for her in spite of the challenges. If she does not, I will relax and get on with my life … May God in his mercy take care of both of us, now and always!
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