I love my neighbor.
While I enjoyed time with family and friends in North Carolina, my neighbor, Beth, watched over the Perch, watered plants and kept an eye out for stray packages and newspapers. She does it without fuss and bother, leaving me feeling obligation free.
Such kindness and love-for-no-reason leave me pondering what it means to be, to do Christian.
As a list maker, I often caution myself against letting the to do squeeze out the more important to be. Steve Macchia’s Leadership Transformation nurtures inner calm, a more contemplative way of living.
This morning I felt a tidal wave of grief over the loss of Jud’s presence in my life. Prayed a screaming kind of prayer and hoped my neighbors were out of town.
After a while, I opened up my email and saw a heading of a prayer for me. I’m sure some computer guru knew how to personalize the list from Steve’s organization, but there it was.
“Lord God Almighty, Thank you for Jan. What a comfort it is that when Jan is brokenhearted(and I was), you are close by. (Psalm 34:18) I grabbed a Bible and read,” The Lord is close by to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”) Gently remind Jan today that every good gift comes from your hand. (James 1:17) and that plans for Jan’s future have always been filled with hope.(Jeremiah 24:11)
God knew I needed to read those words, sense that prayer. I have a hunch some of you need a boost, as well. Consider it a shared prayer for all us hanging on hope-ers.
Thank you, Steve.
Thank you, Beth.
Two good gifts from above from the One who created Love for no reason.
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