Monday, October 26, 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

As the chilly rain slowly began it was obvious that we have really settled into fall. The weather forecast gives us a partly sunny day but ten degrees colder than those of last week. Even the summer flowers know it’s going to be colder. We might even have some frost this week.

The animals in the neighborhood sense the impending cold as they huddle together. Restaurants are struggling to stay open with small groups of people pursuant to the Governor’s order; the ones in the City are using outdoor heaters but there’s not much out-of-town traffic.

During this time of being inside, we can do those little jobs we promised ourselves we would do if we ever found the time. Early this morning I looked at a box of papers and cards from 1980 and wondering why on earth I ever saved them. Sorting out one’s life is an interesting experience and a meaningful one.

Prayer for the Day

Holy Spirit of Grace, enter our lives once again,           

    Impart to us the wisdom to seek your Presence in our lives;

Break us free from the bars that bind our imaginations,

    And give us new hearts to embrace a new vision of what is possible.     

Move us beyond the old answers and help us ask new questions

    So we can discover endless possibilities of peace for all your children,

In the name of him who came to open us to your truth.

     Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen

Thoughts for the Day

Maybe if we focused on being light and less on the dark we might actually see things change. 

Michael M. Rose, Canadian writer, and social activist

It is an easy lie that has wormed itself into my mind: that I am the center of all things.

Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity School professor, and cancer survivor

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

     and all that is within me,

     bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

     and do not forget all of God’s benefits –

who forgives all your iniquity, 

     who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

      who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good as long as you live

     so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:1–3