I am a morning person, it is my favorite time of day. My mind is clear, my senses are alert, my spirit is hopeful for the day to come. One of John's daughters has a morning habit that I really like - now and then she sends a text message with a greeting and her love. Receiving one of her texts begins the day with a nice warm feeling and I've started passing that on, letting a few folks know I'm thinking about them as my day begins.
I enjoy my twenty-minute morning drive to work, it's a quiet, peaceful time for a few moments of reflection and a time to offer up prayers for the people I love. This morning I was thinking about how many people I care about are going thru some really hard times right now, with worries piling up and no simple solutions in sight. I know that at the times when my life has been the darkest and most difficult what I longed for was just one day when I wasn't struggling, didn't have something major to worry about or deal with... for one day when I didn't feel so overwhelmed.
When you are going thru hard times it seems to snowball, and in actuality if often does, since negative energy attract more of the same. You reach a point where you don't think you can endure one more moment, and each day the feeling of of desperation and hopelessness grows until you fear that you will suffocate under the weight of just trying to survive. It is so hard, if not impossible, to believe at those times that things will turn around and life will once again be good.
What I wish, what I pray for today, is that God would give each person who finds themselves overwhelmed with life, just one day of grace. One day now and then when all the weight is lifted or at least temporarily suspended - a day to walk by the lake, play in the park, or curl up with a good book. A day to rest and relax and rediscover a few things in life that are good and beautiful.
Supposedly the original plan was for us all to have a day of rest once a week, but it doesn't often work out that way in today's world. For working people, Sunday or any day off becomes a day to catch up on chores, errands, and obligations or catch some much needed sleep. So we end up going on an on in an endless cycle, rarely pausing to enjoy the things that can revitalize and sustain us, and even more rarely setting aside time to just BE.
When was the last time you recall having a day all for yourself where you were able to totally free your mind from the worries and what ifs and have to's and should be's and spend a day in child-like innocence and fun?
Today Lord, I pray that you give each person who is struggling just one day of grace so that they can feel your love and know that they are not abandoned.