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June 5 -7 Everyday Inspired

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June 5 – Dad in the clutch

Summer gatherings are filled with people I love, and remind me of those I still love, but who are no longer with me to share barbeque and beer. Lately my dad, who passed away almost 20 years ago, has been on my mind. During 5-speedbaseball games he’s particularly close, and I swear I heard his patient voice and occasional laugh as I attempted to teach my daughter how to drive a manual transmission the other day. Coaching her from the passenger seat of my beloved 5-speed, I spoke the very words my father said to me all those years ago. The clutch, he said, was my friend. When in doubt, step on the clutch and start over. I remember feeling safe and supported, even when I killed the engine for the umpteenth time or made the car buck in that breaking-in-a-wild-horse way. I knew it’d take lots of do-overs for her to get the feel of it. I hope she felt as loved as I did when I was in her seat.

To this day, I still see him wince and giggle whenever I grind a gear. Perhaps this summer will bring sweet reminders of those you love, too. Chances are you’ll do something today that somebody else taught you to do. You’ll catch a glimpse of your beloved in that moment, and when you do, step back a second and be grateful for the gift that they have given you. They’re really not that far away.
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 6 – Disponibility

Years ago, I worked for the provincial of an order of priests and brothers. His work included making placements in ministry sites and parishes for the priests within his province. In our conversations, he taught me the word “disposability.” Disponibility means “available.” Oftentimes, the successful assignment of priests to various ministries depended on how open he was to the move. Perhaps he’d be involved in very gratifying ministry, or he’d established a good support network of priests and friends close by. These and other factors make it difficult for him to say “yes” to a change in assignment which may mean relocating, or learning a new work he’d not done before.

dovefireThe issue of disposability has come up in my life a few times. Most recently, an opportunity crossed my path, and it was not a situation that I was actively seeking. Yet it came my way, so I decided to check it out and not be too quick to make a decision. I like to throw the doors open and see which ones the Holy Spirit closes! The opportunity turned out to be a blessing for my family in many ways.

As I discerned that new path in life, disponibility was the key. Are there some opportunities in your life that are worth a second look? Or maybe not. Trust your judgment, go with your heart, and see if a little exploration might not open an exciting and blessed opportunity for 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:

 

June 7 – God wrote the book

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?”— Augustine of Hippo

God’s grace and glory is alive and vibrant in all of creation. Today, we may have an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, or experience the power of a thunderstorm, or the beauty of flowers, or the caress of the breeze on our face. Let’s notice God’s creative power in our lives, because when we pay attention, marvelous things happen.
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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