Finding the Core

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs. Micah 7

Bless the Holy One, my soul, and do not forget all the gifts of God.  Psalm 42

The first thing I did this morning when I sat down with my tea and journal was to write out and figure out what was going on with my life. Students are cranky at being back in the classroom after spring break; I have papers to grade; we’re supposed to get snow this afternoon; the sky is sullen; and the news is grim.

And then, at the end of my whine time, these words came out: Allow me to trust Holy One. Allow me to trust the process I’m in and that we will somehow all fall into our paths.

An interesting image “fall into our paths” as if we trip (and often we do) and there it is.

So I picked up the Lectionary to begin the morning’s Lenten reflection and the first thing I read was from Micah: “Shepherd your people with your staff… show us wonderful signs…” And then in the Psalm reading, “…do not forget all the gifts of God.”

Ah, yes. Let me not forget.

The list of things gone right and the gifts of my life create a much longer list than the crackles of annoyance.  And I once more need to remember – we all need to remember – those times when wonderful signs arrived, when the gift of the right person or the right idea or the right information needed at that particular time appeared. Or arrived in the mail, or with a phone call.

This discipline of a Lenten reflection helps me remember what is at core in life: peace, trust, joy, kindness. Your list can probably be just as long.

I appreciate the reminders to trust my life. And even my overwhelm. What signs and wonders do you need to remember today? What is at core in your life?

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