Marching forth

I am taking a moment of repose,

A moment to be still in the midst of the cacophony of distractions of the day.

I remember I need stillness, sometimes, to refresh my knowing that God is in charge.

My virtue of patience also needs refreshing. No, revitalizing is more like it. Refreshing is when you’re served cold lemonade on a hot, sunny day lounging by the pool. Flash back to the Florida house. Revitalizing is something short of CPR.

In a television show, decades ago, Comedian George Kirby spoke about his troubles and missteps.  He said something that made a lasting impression on me: “God may not come when you want him to, but he’s always on time.”

My patience has slowly eroded these past few months. For me, on time was Candlemas Day (February 2). A day for blessing candles, welcoming the light of the world, seemed so appropriate.

I believe in miracles and I expect them every day. Right now, I desire my miracle to look like a Cecil B. DeMille spectacular.Ten commandments moses

I remember to count my blessings. My February auto accident left my car damaged but I was unharmed physically. I was, however, a nervous wreck.

As many people say to me when they learn of the accident, “Thank God, you are not hurt and no one else was hurt.” I do believe I will learn something from the experience that will benefit me one day. I forgot to mention that although the other driver struck my car, I was the one who received the citation.

I try to be mindful and live in the moment. Now, is all there is. I hope for good things now and for good things to come. I know what I do today helps create my tomorrows. When I am too tired to walk five more minutes on the treadmill, I remind myself I will see the results in the days and weeks ahead. There will be a good payoff for my health, how I look and feel. I have to invest in the now and make the best of each day I am given.

I am breathing. I am able. I am alive. I know my life possesses infinite possibilities.

Image: courtesy of Paramount


Passover and Easter hope from President Ronald Reagan

Statement on the Celebration of Passover and Easter
April 17, 1981
Ronald Reagan
The American Presidency Project

This weekend, people across the world will join in holy celebrations, drawing spiritual sustenance from their worship. Here in America, religious beliefs are central to our founding principles. We draw special strength from our unity as a people who trust in God, and from the lessons for us and our children in our rituals.

Saturday night, Jewish people everywhere will sit with their families and friends for the celebration of Passover—a celebration of freedom.

Beginning with the traditional Seder meal, Passover is rich with tradition and symbolism. Its observance reminds us that the fight for freedom and the battle against oppression, waged by Jews throughout their history, is one of which all free people are a part.Lilium_candidum_1 wikipedia

Beginning today and culminating on Sunday morning, Christians will celebrate with their families the resurrection of Christ, His victory over death. We will remember that He gave His body and His blood—washing clean the faults and the shortcomings of the world. In our rejoicing, we will renew the hope that is ours through the risen Lord.

Nancy joins me in extending to all who celebrate Passover or Easter our warmest wishes for a time filled with joy and spiritual fulfillment and our hope that one day men and women everywhere will be able to worship God in the manner of their choosing.

photo: Lilium candidum, Wikipedia