GOOD MORNING WORLD
I wish my memory was as good today as it was years ago. Do not get me wrong I have a terrific memory it no longer works on command. Actually when I think of it that could be said for much of this aging body. Again do not mistake my words for regret or moribund, I am glad to be here ever with the hope of improvement. Next week I am going to be working on that diligently as I travel back to the spa that I thought was going to be a onetime thing and now looks like it may become an annual outing.
I woke up to quiet this morning after an okay night’s sleep by my value scale. It could have been better and I know I have had worse. Last night I slept through the night and that in and of itself is a minor miracle. My first thoughts this morning were of the quiet. Then the questions began in my mind.
What am I going to do today?
Do I need to turn on the news? Can I not simply enjoy the quiet?
What of yesterday’s situation? What do I do with it? How do I fix it? Can I fix it?
Do I want to sew all day? Read some? What shall I have for supper?
All non-critical questions in the whole scheme of things really. The day will unfold. The news will happen whether I watch or not. The situation will evolve as it will and my input is no longer important. I will not starve.
Then I checked my daily reading that posts in my email. I found it interesting in light of my thoughts.
The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Matthew 23: 23 – 26 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity.
How often do I show mercy? In what areas of my life is fidelity important?
Action: The next time you have the chance to put someone in their place, show a little mercy.
After I read this the sentence “Abandon all hope all who enter here” came to mind. I was trying to remember a book I just read that focused so on Dante’s poem. It took all of writing this thus far and looking the sentence up to remember it was “Inferno” by Dan Brown. Very good book. I had it completely read within the first week of publication!
I find the sentence very depressing and would not want that over my door to my home or the cottage that I enjoy so very much on beautiful days like today. I wondered is that not something more hopeful in light of the fact that I am called to show mercy.
I searched for the sentence above with “Peace to all who enter here” only to discover this is an industry of home decor with various plaques with those words upon it. I searched further for a verification of the quote.
The closest I could find was:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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.
Both of them seem to fit the bill and Matthew seems also to hit the point of mercy that he elaborates upon later on in his book and showed up in my daily scripture.
I think this is enough for me today to have me focus on peace and mercy. I am hoping it will help move out negative thoughts from my mind. I need that help today. I need peace and mercy. Thank you God for showing me that!!!
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…