Leah Farmer

Personal perspectives on faith, literature, and life.

Advent 2016: Today

Readings: Psalm 42; Isaiah 29:17-24; Acts 5:12-16

09efae57745c17369cba6ea0be24be9bToday I need to be very present in my work day. I   need to be able to listen well. I need to be able to articulate what I need, what the team needs, what our clients need.

It is a day like so many other days. And it is precious, special, and unique because it is the only day I know I have. Right now. Today.

So I take these few moments and I gather my thoughts. I pull myself from the deep slumber of the previous hours and I put myself into the frame of mind to go to work and do the job that is mine to do today.

I hear the tumult of the raging seas
as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42: 7-8)

Today I will give small gifts to my secret santa.

Today I will work on the menus for a couple small parties that I will hold at my house this holiday season.

Today I will find a few moments to practice Reiki and slow down my monkey mind.

Today I will work out and I will think consciously about what it is my body wants.

Today I will smile at others and will do my best to be a safe place, a space holder, and a voice for those who need someone to speak up for them.

And when the fear comes, I will remember what I read about Joy today:

In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,
and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.
The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.
The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29: 18-19)

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