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Everyday Inspired May 19-23

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May 19 – Monday plans

Today is Monday. I’m slow getting started. My feet hurt and there’s that pan in the kitchen that needs scouring, and there are piles of dirty clothes backing up in the laundry room. Sigh. At an earlier time in my life, I would have looked at all this and just felt tired. I’d be thinking: if I can just get rid of the achiness, then I’ll be fine. Or, if I can just get the house clean or get that work project done…whatever it is, if I can just get to the other side of it, then I’ll be happy. Then, I’ll know what it means to live a peaceful life.
dirty-dishes-sink-home-mess-590jn121610But my grown-up self knows better. She knows that the stuff never stops coming, and she always has some pains, or cleaning up to do, or rearranging in her life. She also knows there’s joy hidden in the stuff. For example, my sore feet are the product of a long family walk yesterday. The dirty pan comes from the delicious dinner we shared, and the laundry piles are my daughter’s task, as she settles back in from a semester away. These potentially discouraging circumstances are joy’s tracks in my life.
When we are able to see through the circumstances to that greater meaning, then they aren’t so heavy any more. I’m going to scrub that pan and get on with my day. How about you?

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:

May 20 – Grace, part one

Frederick Buechner on grace:
After centuries of handling and mishandling, most religious words have become so shopworn nobody’s much interested anymore. Not so with grace, for some reason. Mysteriously, even derivatives like gracious and graceful still have some of the bloom left.
Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There’s no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about any more than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good works or bring about your own birth.
A good sleep is great and so are good dreams. Most tears are grace. The smell of rain is grace. Somebody loving you is grace. Loving somebody is grace. Have you ever tried to love somebody?

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:

May 21 – Grace, part two

Buechner continues:

A crucial eccentricity of the Christian faith is the assertion people are saved by grace. There’s nothing you have to do. There’s nothing you have to do. There’s nothing you have to do. The grace of God means something like: “Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are, because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you.”
There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it.

A dear friend of mine speaks of “ridiculous grace” in her life: through the struggles there’s beauty and wisdom and laughter and love all folded in. Buechner’s reflections on grace illustrate how ridiculously wonderful it is.

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:

May 22 – Oh, what a beautiful morning

 

beautiful mornin'In the musical “Oklahoma” Curly, the lead character, reflects on his world and sings, “I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way.” We all have days like that, and days when we wake up and wonder how we’ll get through. On those days when it’s all we can do to just take it as it comes, gratitude is key. If we can slow down and be very deliberate about recognizing the things that are going well in our lives, our attitude can change.
For example, yesterday I was on the highway and my mind was somewhere else, thinking about my destination. Then, it dawned on me that every time I step on the accelerator, the car moves forward in a miracle of engineering and physics. What a gift to use my car, without a thought for the mechanics involved, and transport myself to where I need to be.
Let’s pay attention to the miracle machines that help us, like the light that comes on with the flick of a switch, or the technology that carries the cheery voice of a friend in sound or text. As we take it as it comes, let’s be grateful for the means by which it’s delivered to us. As we look back over the day, we can see how a string of little miracles brought everything our way.

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:

May 23 – Try a different path

CCL sunsetMy daughter and I were leaving the YMCA last night. The building is at the top of a small hill. I usually take the same entrance in and out of the parking lot, but for some reason we went out a different way. As we turned westbound, an amazing sunset blazed ahead in the most vibrant magenta I have ever seen. My daughter said, “Let’s go to the park!” As it happened, our spontaneous turn had us on the road to the park, and we drove right into that beautiful color all the way to the lakeside. We hustled out of the car to see the sun set over the water, and who should appear but two dear friends who were there for the same reason! We laughed and hugged.
As the last of the colors faded from the sky, I was grateful to have paid attention to life. We shared a beautiful spontaneous moment with friends, and soaked in a glorious sunset, all because we turned away from our usual route. That path would’ve taken us to the bottom of the hill, where the colors were lost.
If we loosen up our schedules a bit, who knows where the road will lead us?

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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