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Everyday Inspired June 25 – 27

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June 25 – Feeling afraid

NYSE monitorEvery day’s news is filled with scary stories. Economic turmoil, war, political injustice, poverty and oppression hit the headlines, amid the cat videos and clever action hero memes, all delivered to your attention with just one click. When I had a news channel on my home browser page, so when I opened a new window, the news automatically appeared with the latest updates. One day, there was a photo of a man on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange looking into a monitor. The blue glow of the screen reflected back on his face, with an expression of “Oh no! What just happened?” This look of scared surprise was displayed repeatedly over a six-hour period. Each time I saw his face, I felt the anxiety rise up in me, too. Repeated exposure to messages of fear will impact our spiritual lives and our ability to trust in God in the midst of uncertainty.
For today, let’s pay attention to the moments when we’re hit with scary news, and be aware of that fearful response. Instead of giving into anxiety, let’s use the fear as a signal or invitation to say a quick prayer. In this simple turn of thought and attention, we’ll reconnect with God, the source of peace in the midst of chaos. God is bigger than every scary thing in our world, so let’s be open to that grace. When we do, we become a conduit for God’s grace to enter the world, and we hold space for peace.
Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

 

June 26 – This moment is enough

A dear mentor and friend often counseled me: “God takes us right where we are.” A Jesuit priest, he reassured me that there is no pretense in God’s love, no way we can make ourselves You are heremore acceptable to God than we are in this present moment. Indeed, this present moment is where we truly know and encounter God—not in ruminating over the past or anticipating the future. God is here. Now. No matter the circumstance. We need only be of willing mind and heart.
My friend greeted others by saying, “Here I am!” These words affirm that he is truly presence to the conversation. In a deeper sense, they express God’s desire for us: that we come with an open heart and mind, so that God’s love might move in and through us to sanctify all of creation. Unfortunately, the demands of life distract us from this response. By taking a few moments for prayer, everyday, we can find our way to that beautiful, vulnerable place: Here I am, Lord.

Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

 

June 27 – What’s important

The vast expanse of our 50 states offers a multitude of climates and seasonal patterns. From sea to shining sea, there’s an ongoing debate over the “change of seasons.” Ask Midwesterners, and they’ll most likely say they love the annual cycle from spring to fall, through summer and winter and back again. Yet, if you ask those who’ve grown up in a hammockwarmer climate, you’re likely to get a different answer, one that eschews heavy coats and sleds for shorts and sailboats. Residents grow fond of and form an allegiance to their climates. Call it the comfort, familiarity, or force of habit, but we humans are easily set in our ways.

Just as we’re set in our climate/environment/regional expectations, so can our daily lives fall into patterns which can be challenging to reshape. We may wish for more time to pray, or exercise, or finish a project. The truth is, we only have so much time and energy on any given day, and how we invest that time, and in what priority, clearly indicates what’s really important to us. How might we shake things up today, and reinvest our time in ways that help us grow, or sustain our relationships, or meet a goal we’ve held in our hearts, waiting for the right time to act?
Consider:
What invitation is here for me, today?
Today I am grateful for:
My intention for today is:
My to-do list for today includes:

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