As we prepare for a New Year in the Gregorian Calendar, be kind to others and to yourself. Possibly write a thank you letter to yourself for the things you have accomplished, your successes, and be compassionate with yourself for those things you didn’t get done. Once you note those successes, it will be easier to be kind to yourself. And don’t forget all those little things you do, like taking care of your pets. Cleaning out the cat box or bird cage and running dogs in and out deserves some pats on the back! (Having just completed two of those tasks. No birds. 😳)
My prayer this morning lifts up Colossians 3:12-14. It is a good verse to remember for any kind of relationship. And as always, I pray that every one of us may draw close to The Living, Loving, All-Encompassing Power, The I AM.
What are the gifts that your True Love, The Holy One, has given to you? What gifts are you aware of? What gifts give you strength, courage, peace? What gifts are you using and what gifts do you need to pick up more?
Today, my specific prayer is for anxious parents remembering how Mary and Joseph lost Jesus after taking him to the Temple. Anxiety is a part of parenting but we are also called to enjoy our children and to be reminded that God is there for us and for them. Holy Love is our strength and our peace.
Happy 3rd Day of Christmas!! The link below is to this morning’s prayer:
Good morning! As I sit at the laptop this morning, I realize how spoiled I have become by having the normal ease of my telephone to allow me to Go Live and send messages and such. Last night, I ran a quick errand, and without realizing it, dropped my phone in the parking lot. I came back home and went straight to work. By the time I was ready to stop and check my phone, discover where it was, run back to find it, the front of it had been crushed by a car, and it is not useable. I have an old mini-ipad, but it doesn’t have the capability to add my devotional apps and such. Needless to say, I am having to make adjustments. The ADVENTWORD for today is FLOCK, which reminded me of the shepherds, one of my favorite parts of our Christmas Story. However, after pondering the words in Mary’s song for so many days, I am not ready for the shepherds just yet. I am ready to think about where we might be, a couple of days before Christmas, if we were Mary and Joseph. Surely they are on their way to Bethlehem by now! Here I am , moaning over the inconvenience of not having my phone, while they had to leave their homes, pack up whatever they could carry to serve as home, nourishment, comfort on a trip without the luxury of hotels, heated cars, food stops. Basically they were at the mercy of whatever kindness was given to them by people along the way and any supplies they brought with them. Where are you today on your journey to Christmas? I know many are frantic, busy, undergoing life changes, sad, physically in pain, scared, and hopeless. If any of those emotions/energies are flowing through you, take a moment and consider Mary and Joseph as they journeyed in the upheaval thrust upon them. Consider also the heavenly, unseen support loving them and giving them strength. Take another moment and be aware of the Holy Presence that also loves you and supports you and is ready to offer strength and comfort for you. May it be so. Amen.