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The Value of Rest

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It’s estimated that domestic cats spend 15 hours a day sleeping.  Their physiology demands that they sleep to recover from activity.

Reverend  Dr. Howard John Wesley, the pastor of one of the Washington DC’s area’s largest churches, Alfred Street Baptist Church, is on sabbatical until Easter. The church calls it a season of #selah, the Hebrew word for “break” or “rest.”  There have been some who questioned the pastor’s decision,  announced late last year.   However,  I  understand the wisdom of Reverend  John Wesley’s choice.  Rest is the foundation for everything else and provides the seeds for spiritual renewal.  Following rest, we can come back better than before.   Modeling the pastor’s decision, I have drawn inspiration and peace from taking time to rest.

 

 

 

It’s a New Era – One Day At A Time

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So here we are – 14 days (or 15 days depending on your time zone) into a new decade.   Often we use the event of a new year to make change.   At the start of 2020, many of us started work on our resolutions to do better, be better or at least seem better.    Maybe we wanted to lose a few pounds or change jobs or adjust our attitudes.  Those resolutions – promises to ourselves and to the world – are for some us already broken but we are just fine.  God loves us, just as we are and we can begin again tomorrow. One Day At A Time, life gives us fresh options.

Christmastime is Here

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Grace loves her time under the Christmas tree.

Summer is Here For Real

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Today where I live the temperature reached 99 degrees.  Yes, it’s summer.  It’s hot but it’s summer and it’s a good time to read and reflect and to find some peace by the lake, on the beach or in one’s own back yard.

 

 

             The Reading Space 

Shiny Objects

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Cats, as a rule, prefer shiny objects and toys. Usually, they will play for several minutes with a laser toy and just as suddenly lose interest or move on to a more life-enhancing activity such as watching birds, napping, or eating.  It is not a lack of commitment. They seem to understand that the artificial or fake toy they are engaged with is just that – a toy

For instance, Grace, the Tabby cat, likes to play with her laser toy but prefers a brightly colored knit fish on a stick.  She will allow me to play with her with the device but only for a short time.

Humans too, are drawn to shiny objects as well as flashy people. Sometimes we guess or are made aware of the negative impact of our shallow decisions.

Sometimes life accidents will lead us to see our destructive connections to cheap but useless objects or people with no soul or purpose. Far too often, we are taken in. We may even know it’s a gimmick or a toy, or the person is a con, but we remain entertained or are afraid of change, so we hang on.

It is painful work to rid ourselves of things and people who do not add value and drain our resources.  Still, we must stop playing with shiny objects to grow and to give.

Grace’s Fish on A Hook