Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Taking Comfort in God

Things to Think About

Today's meditation discusses pain, mostly of the chronic sort, and how, if we're willing to listen, we can learn quite a bit about ourselves from that pain. 

Learning to accept help, graciously, without the attitude of being irritated to be in the position of needing help; learning to ask for help when you need it - again, nicely, with gratitude; learning to adjust and take the time you need to do the things you want to do; learning that there may perhaps be things you can no longer do, no matter how much you wish you could - and handling all of that without becoming as pleasant to deal with as the Wicked Witch of the West.  Chronic pain sucks - but it can be an effective teacher, if you're willing to learn.  Keep in mind that in asking for help, you're allowing others to help you, and that actually makes them feel good about themselves.  It's still hard, but you can be an instrument of God in your need.

Music can be one of the things that helps your spirit soar, even as your body disagrees with every movement you'd like it to make.  Take comfort in God, and in His gifts. 

Something Fun for Advent

Make a garland for your tree or the stairwell or wherever you'd like to hang garland - use popcorn, cranberries, beads, paper - whatever strikes your fancy.  Sing songs as you create, say prayers for those who need them.

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