I read a meditation that showed up at exactly the right time. It quoted John 14:27 in this way, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I left the book open on my desk so I can refer to it over and over again. I am always humbled at the way God speaks to me and loves me.
I Found God today in His promise of peace.
A young woman I know gave birth to her first baby a few weeks ago. It was a time of joy and concern as she was ill which resulted in an earlier than anticipated birth. The baby was then hospitalized for a couple of days. Thankfully, things seem settled now. The new mom and her husband are faithful and prayerful. I received a birth announcement from them today. She said that their new little one hold his hands together as he is falling asleep so they take that opportunity to pray with him. How beautiful.
I Found God today in faithful parents praying with their baby.
I could see in my mother this morning that she wasn’t feeling well. She said she hurt all over, felt weak, and had an upset stomach. She has good days and bad days, but usually her bad days don’t include all of those symptoms. I was hoping it was nothing serious and after assessing the situation, decided to see how things went. She just took it easy during the day and rested and napped when she could. By the end of the day, she still wasn’t feeling great, but she was feeling better. She was able to walk around more easily and I could see in her face that she was doing a little better. That made us all very happy.
I Found God today as my mom felt better tonight than she did this morning.
My dad has always been on the cutting edge of photography beginning when he was in high school. He also owned a movie camera at that time and started putting together movies as well. I remember watching some of them on an old reel to reel projector and portable screen. Many years ago, my brother took all those movies and converted them to DVD’s. Tonight we sat down and started watching them in chronological order. The earliest was in 1948 and starred one of my dad’s funny friend’s and my mother. She was 16 at the time and shared with me details of that day. We worked our way up through the birth of my older sister in 1960. My dad was in the military and my parents lived in Morocco for just over a year. It was very interesting to see how life was for them all at that time. No one had running water in the home, it had to be “fetched”. Most people travelled by donkeys. The women tied their children on their back to carry them around. Once back in the U.S. the focus was on the family. It was such a joy to see family members who have been gone for some time now, even though we got teary eyed when we saw my parents’ parents. Seeing my parents vibrant in their 20’s and starting to raise a family reminded me of the amazing history they have together, the history that I am blessed to be a part of.
I Found God today being reminded of the beautiful history that I am a part of.
My mom sat down to play the piano today, laid her fingers on the keyboard and exclaimed, “I can reach an octave!” We were just talking yesterday about how I am unable to do so and how my mother hasn’t been able to for years. Suddenly, for whatever reason, she was able to today. Her practice session was amazing and full of life. It was a little victory that we all celebrated.
I Found God today in the little victory of my mom being able to reach an octave.
I was happy to be able to visit with a friend for a while today. She told me about a woman she knows who works in a pregnancy crisis center. My friend does terrific needlework and makes super cute hats. Her friend asked for a hat for a new little baby. My friend then discovered that the woman she knows actually works with the new mom’s to be, which she didn’t realize. She had a large stash of hats that she had made to prepare for a craft fair. However, she sent them all to the pregnancy center instead. Her friend was overjoyed and very grateful, as were the new mom’s.
I Found God today in my generous friend and her compassionate friend.
Over the past 3 days, my parents and I have been watching a parish retreat. The priest offered a different way of viewing sins – as wounds. Our wrongdoings certainly have an effect on us and on our souls. He led meditative prayer to ask God to heal those wounds. One thought that stuck with me was that we have been told over and over again that our life is our own, that we need to pursue all our dreams, our wants, and our desires. The young priest who identified himself as a millennial, said that particularly young people are being taken up in this idea that is prideful and eventually leads to sadness and frustration. He went on to say that if we think life is all about us, we are selling ourselves short. We are missing the fact that we are part of something much bigger and more beautiful than we can imagine. There was much to ponder in the 1-hour presentations and the contemplative prayer provided enlightenment.
I Found God today in a meaningful retreat.
Tonight my prayer group talked about the upcoming Gospel for Sunday which is the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. In the story, three of Jesus’ disciples witness Jesus in His glory. Then, they are overshadowed by a cloud – God – who tells them to listen to Jesus. In our discussion, we realized that we tend to think of an oveshadowing cloud as a sign of a storm. Perhaps that’s what we feel like when we are going through a difficult time – like we are in the midst of a storm. When I look at the mountains in this beautiful sunny place, I can see them in one dimension as I view them straight on from a distance. However, when clouds roll by and cast their shadows on the mountains, it is more obvious that there are hills in front and others further back. I notice the crevices and shapes of the ridges. I see more depth. It is in the shadow of the cloud that God spoke to the apostles. Perhaps when we feel our lives are in the shadow of a storm, it isn’t about doom and gloom, but an opportunity for us to deepen our experience with God.
I Found God today pondering the depth of God.
Most of the caregiver groups I participate in are comprised of wives taking care of their husbands. There is an occasional daughter caring for a parent and there are little to no men. Today I logged onto a new class I signed up for. One of the participants was a man caring for his wife. During the introductions, he said he understands his role as complete caregiver for his wife and is happy to do so. He said it is the least he can do as he will never be able to repay her for all she has done for him. That is one of the sweetest things I have ever heard.
I Found God today in a man’s testimony of love to his ailing wife.
My nephew’s wife has been in the area for a few days visiting with her family. Today she made the hour long drive over to spend some time with us. We were happy we could sit outside for much of the time and soak up the beautiful sunshine. We had not seen her in over a year except over video calls. It was so nice to have a conversation in person and get to know her a little more. She is a photographer, so my dad can especially relate to that passion. Of course, we had to tell a couple stories of when her husband was a child. She is such a sweet young woman and it meant a lot that she would take the time to come for a visit. We were grateful to spend a few hours enjoying her company.
I Found God today enjoying a visit from my nephew’s wife.