The day starts beautifully. I stopped writing an email (internet connections are fastest before 8:00 am) to appreciate the rising of the sun.
On the way to school, I gaze out the window of my taxi. I consider the lives of those around me.
Through the lens of my camera I see the incredible blessings of our lives–meaningful work,
students who are eager to learn,
and a shared value of using your gifts in service of others.
After class, I walk through the neighborhood. The construction of a new classroom building is the fulfillment of many years of prayers.
Arriving at the home of a friend, we share a cup of tea and a conversation that takes us to the heights and depths of our lives. A sense of gratitude for our friendship of twenty-plus year wells up within me.
When the community gathers for worship, my voice joins many others. Singing lifts my spirit into the presence of God; I let myself feel my body resonating with the shared sound and message.
Tim waits for me as I stop to enjoy the beauty of a woven hat sitting on a pole. Beauty is everywhere! It’s a joy to see it.
Afterwards, I pause to sleep. The fullness of my life can feel almost overwhelming. Gratitude seems to keep me grounded. Being in the habit of pausing when I notice that something important, beautiful, or out of the ordinary makes the fullness vibrant.
Question for Reflection: When did I last pause to appreciate what is happening? What would help me to do this more?
Prayer: God, for the gifts of this day, a gorgeous sunrise, a friend’s loving smile, an important question to ponder, the joy of community, and rest, I give You thanks. Amen.