Friday, May 29, 2015
"For the Lord takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory."
One of the things that stands out in my mind from our Parish Mission last night was this: "wasting" time with the Lord is never a waste of time. Remember a time when you were in a new relationship and all you wanted to do was spend time with the new friend? It didn't matter what you did, as long as you were together. Even the most mundane tasks, like grocery shopping or going to the laundromat became new and fun, because you just wanted to BE with the other person. Do we ever think of our prayer time that way? This weekend, let's set aside some quality time just to be aware that we are with God. Even just ten minutes--can we just sit quietly and enjoy a bit of silent time with God? We don't have to do anything formal or specific--just sitting with our hands open and being aware of each breath we take can give us an awareness of the glory of God, because it is God who gives us each breath. And that time will never be wasted because we are spending it with the One who loves us with all the love in the universe. Blessings on your weekend! Love, heidi
Thursday, May 28, 2015
"What do you want me to do for you?"
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
"Use the freedom you have been given to love others into freedom..."
Fr. Patrick Foley, Parish Mission
This was one of the important messages of our Parish Mission the first evening. I feel like it is so timely for me and I spent some prayer time journaling and fleshing out what it could look like in my life right now. Loving others into freedom fits perfectly with what I do with blind and visually impaired people, really. Giving people tools and skills of independence is, quite literally, freeing for them. It is a very beautiful job! That said, it seems harder sometimes to "love" them into freedom. I can teach them skills and offer them tools, but Jesus asks that I do all this with great love. The gadgets, gizmos and techniques are much easier than coming up with the love, at times! As I wondered how that could work, I immediately thought of Mother Teresa, who loved people into freedom everyday. I sat and pondered what Mother Teresa would look like doing my job and THAT was a fascinating prayer. Today, let's think about our work and how we can do it with great love...loving others into freedom. If it helps to imagine Jesus doing our job or someone we admire like Mother Teresa, let's pray with that. At the end of today, let's look back and see if that way of thinking changed the way we did our job. Jesus, please help me do my job today with the love you ask of me. Help me to love others through the doing what I do, knowing that you gave me the gift of this work in the first place! Mother Teresa, pray for me, as I try to do my work with great love today. Love, heidi
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
"With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy."