By not being afraid to confess when my actions have not reflected the values I believe God has placed in me and calls me to.
I committed an intentional act of kindness for my country by voting this morning. I pray for healing of divisions.
Meanwhile, I will be open to another opportunity for another kind (& spontaneous and random) act this day.
Thanks to all of you who have written so far today. It helps to know that you are all thinking and praying and doing your best to be compassionate in your own situations and in this global situation we all share. My husband and I woke up this morning both wondering and anxious … and we need to be compassionate toward ourselves as we enter this week and beyond… we will also be compassionate toward our brother & sister citizens… and pray. Just pray. (Oh, and VOTE!)
My first reaction to this question was “well, it would help to speak less…and then, only more intentionally.” I guess I’ll stick with that first impulse.
I can see and know my heart more clearly, instead of being self-satisfied and deluded. It also makes me take a gentler and more loving posture toward others.
Doing this and another practice in the morning…. a touchstone on gratefulness, a reflection on the Christlight in my life and in the world/cosmos. Keeping at it. Being gentle with myself. Oh, and coffee. yeppers
Snow on the ground and flocking the pines and tree branches. A Downy Woodpecker on the suet outside the window. A blue-gray heavy sky with a slight crack in the clouds to the east…
I see flashes of true humility in several acquaintances or people in my congregation. And I’m thinking of a couple of people who never feel they are “too good” to do the most humble jobs. They are always willing to do what is needed, rather than managing to take a lead job where they’re more likely to be widely recognized. Know what I mean?
It means I trust God’s presence, always, in my life and in the life of God’s Creation. We are never alone and apart from this divine presence.
Gratitude and amazement. But having dealt recently with my mother’s death and her feeling that her body betrayed her by becoming old and ill, I want to accept the (inevitable?) changes as they come and still be at peace with, accepting of and grateful for my physical self.
Reading this question, I went back to those times I was pregnant. At first, there was new life but I wasn’t particularly aware of it (and never having had morning sickness, thank goodness). But the first movements and stirrings were miraculous. And then as the baby grows, and the discomfort also grows, I was ready and over-ready to give birth. + This is a long way of saying that perhaps there is new life in me, deep; but I’m not particularly aware of it at the moment. Ma...
Reading this question, I went back to those times I was pregnant. At first, there was new life but I wasn’t particularly aware of it (and never having had morning sickness, thank goodness). But the first movements and stirrings were miraculous. And then as the baby grows, and the discomfort also grows, I was ready and over-ready to give birth. + This is a long way of saying that perhaps there is new life in me, deep; but I’m not particularly aware of it at the moment. Maybe something is growing. I am trying to be a good vessel for God to work in me, so I guess I will wait and see what begins to stir.
To grow in and as part of the Light of Christ. How that will manifest today? (I have a list – now do it mindfully!)
I love this song, Javier. Now you have planted it in my mind for today – and I thank you!
And you can be (in the original German meaning of the word) Uber-randomly Kind ~~!!! 🙂
I loved it, too! Thank you!!! 🙂
We just voted in person for the same reasons.
I was praying for the grace of being compassionate towards those who are divisive, angry and just plain “not the sharpest knives in the drawer” today.
Exactly, Sunnypatti! If it’s random, can I plan for it??! 🙂
Wonderful story – thank you, Kevin. I live in a place where it’s truly dark (and amazingly moon-lit with a full moon in the wintertime) and friends who visit here are astonished by the darkness and the multitudes of stars. I try never to take that for granted – so that even my own bathroom visits in the night always take me to my windows as well – to look out, and up. Thanks be to God.
Blessings and healing prayers, Antoinette…
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