Thought for the Day: Those words impart a calm and peaceful image. There is a sense of simplicity and serenity as Jesus makes his way into the predawn morning, wandering beyond the neighborhood and the familiar. Some might have felt a bit nervous, yet such space and moments allow for people to disengage. The yoke of everyday life, with all of its weight and complexity, is easier to release. I find those moments (too infrequent) to be fertile ground for time spent with central passages – the two great commandments, the washing of the disciples’ feet, Jesus’ cry from the cross, his final commission, John 3:16, 1 John 4 and Romans 8:38-39 just to name a few. When I can, I have tried to memorize a few verses so that as I walk into the new morning, the words become a mantra of sorts. And as the words are spoken without distractions, unnoticed and unnamed goodness appears.
Prayer: Wherever and whenever time is available, O Spirit who beckons us on the journey, let us take full advantage of the moment. And even when we do not believe such time is available, help us make the time. Amen.
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