Tuesday, November 15, 2011
November Mid-Point - Waiting for Hope to Appear
What I did do, was spend the morning with my boys and a girlfriend - and I drove a load, a major load of clothing that had been cleared from my closet for months but hadn't made it out the door, to a clothing give-away that was happening today, so that I keep going in now and smiling at nothing.
Nothing is so worth smiling at when it used to be a mountain of clutter and now it will be helping someone else stay warm through the coming cold season.
I have been smiling a lot lately, even though the bills and the kids have added a lot of stress to my daily life.
Why the smiles?
I think it has to do with an experiment.
I promised myself that I would not just be Thankful on Thanksgiving, but that I would find something to be thankful for every day this month.
It wasn't easy to begin but now it is easy to continue. Even for a perpetual grumbler like I sometimes am.
and I remember a quote I one had hanging above my sink,
"thank God for dirty dishes,
at least you had food"
but my stomach was in knots over the shortage of cash between now and the end of the month, and the abundance of bills
and the meditation brought me back into peace, so I want to share it with you,
I don't care what your faith is, so I hope you do not turn away from the wisdom here, if I tell you it is from Lamentations
"When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst."
Lamentations 3:28-30 (MSG)