Monday Meditation – Tell Your Story

What are your stories?  During our recent trip to Oklahoma my husband and I were driving on our wedding anniversary.  We were determined to make it home to New York on that day, not because of our special day but because the check engine light was on in the truck.  We had some great advice from a mechanic and the prayers of many friends that we would not get stuck somewhere along the way.

We chatted a bit, turned on the radio and saw a sign.  A literal sign “Rough Road Ahead, Slow Down”   So the road was rough but the travel was a blessing.  And that’s how our lives have been at times, so far.  As we got bored of the same news story for three days and repetitive music stations we began to tell our stories to each other. It was amazing that after 38 years we still had some things to tell.   It began with a simple question and ended with a wonderful truth.

As each of us spoke taking turns in remembering childhood and adolescent experiences, God’s presence at the time and in the telling became obvious.  Though joy and trial of growing up those times seemingly most difficult held the image of God’s Grace.  And we know that does not end, it’s a lifelong journey that we still travel toward maturity in love. WE began to remember our life together, family, work and children. Such a full and wonderful life.   Mistakes are made, wrong turns confuse and engine lights warn us of impending trouble but God is here, now, loving us.  Loving all of us.

There is an old children’s hymn “Tell me the stories of Jesus, I love to hear.  Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here”. written by William H. Parker,  specifically for Sunday School.  Jesus loved to tell stories.  Parables that weave simple and complicated truths about God, ourselves and relationships with both.  I believe he still does.  Because I believe that word ‘IF’ is a mistake.  He is still here, loving us, and if we take the time to tell them, living in our stories.  If you are uncertain about God’s love, tell your story, write it down, tell someone else.  I pray you see God’s love in your life through the joy and the sorrow.  Because He loves all of us.  And that is the truth.

Blessings,

Sue

Monday Meditation- Signs and Signals

Living in the present moment with awareness of others, surroundings and self creates direction for this journey of life.  Not always with certainty but there are practices that provide help to be present and centered.  Prayer, meditation, Gestalt work and Yoga have been guides to quiet my mind and heart to focus on the here and now and decide which steps to take on the path.  But sometimes I need more.  I need a physical symbol,  a wake up call to know I have wandered off the path.

The most obvious are signals of neglect.  When life becomes too busy and I stray off my course my plants begin to wither.  I have a schedule of watering my houseplants, they are important to me and the health and aesthetics  of my home but it seems they are the first to suffer from my negligence.

Others are less obvious and only creep into my awareness when missing.  When I am attuned to my spiritual life with God, when I am focused on prayer and meditation, attending worship and studying scripture I generally wake up with a song of praise in my mind and on my tongue.  On these days other signs and signals are glaringly obvious.  Awakening to God’s presence of love opens my heart, mind and eyes to so much more of life.

Years ago I came to the conclusion that if I believe in a creator God who made the heavens and the earth, and if I believe that God is a love so great that my guilt and shame were erased through that love in Jesus, then I needed to spend more time getting to know Him.  On a Monday, because that is when you start new things, I read from the Bible and meditated on the reading.  I thanked God for this leading and guiding and then went for a walk.  I discovered that my conversation with God, listening to the creation sounds of birds and leaves applauding in the wind, continued with the taking in of so much beauty. Love seemed to wrap around me, joy filled my heart and peace settled into my whole being.  It had not rained in several days,  there was not a cloud in the sky and a soft breeze blew.  I turned the corner and right above me was the largest rainbow I had ever seen, it seemed I could touch it if I wanted to. I felt light and I heard a whisper “thank you” .  It wasn’t my word, the Divine Love touched me in that moment as I decided to love back.  To love the creator is to love the creation, the earth, all people, myself.

Much has happened since that time and I continue to learn and grow, I forget and stumble, my plants can suffer and I can wake up without that song in my heart, but I know God loves, not only me but all of creation.  God speaks to us, in dreams, in nature, in music, and all we need do is open our hearts, our eyes and our ears.

I wish you awareness to see signs of love.