13 Apr

Good morning,

Yesterday we had class on the discipline of study.  I am once again reminded of how little we study the Bible.  I use it for sermon prep, but I the amount of time I spend reading silly novels is much greater.   The Bible is such a wealth of instruction and encouragement I hope I once again fall in love with reading its text.

This week it is on to simplicity.

Sunday and Monday’s readings are from Matthew 6.

If you were to examine what you are worried about today, what would it be?  Do you really have control over it, can you do any prep work to have it go better, will the worry make it any easier or make it go away.  For me, simplicity is part of training your brain.  To focus on what you can change, to work on what will make the future event easier, to open myself to the Divine Presence to see as clearly as I can what the worry/concern is really about.

As always, being anxious about what “isn’t” is a complete waste and it has often felt ungrateful to me.  Thanking God for what is, even if it is a long day of work, or listening to someone who is upset is a wonderful way to find joy instead of frustration.

Yesterday I was driving from one commitment to another to another (and the Orioles were losing).  I needed to remind myself several times to breathe and enjoy the present moment.  Those moments will not come again and I didn’t want to waist them on negative energy.  Some moments are better than others, but each is a gift of God’s divine love.

Sunday,  Simplicity as singleness of heart                       Matthew 6:19-24

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23 but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.



Monday,  Simplicity as trust Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the  lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive    today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and   indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

You are a precious child of God, given life so that you can give glory and joy to God.  I truly believe that is all we have to do today.  I also believe that you can do this where you are and in what you are doing, just as I can.

Peace and joy guide your steps this day, enjoy the presence of God.  Mary


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