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Just This Morning

May 15, 2018

Melanie Silva writes as part of a team producing a weekly devotional page I send to a group in our church. I affectionately call these souls our At Homers, or a bit more officially, our At Home Union-ites.

Along with a cover letter updating them on various things in our church, I also enclose a puzzle page which is usually beyond my ability to solve.  I’m told this mailing is greatly appreciated.

Recently Melanie wrote this, and it’s my joy to share her challenge with you today —

It’s only been a few weeks since we said: “Christ is risen; he is risen indeed!”

How is it that the notes and words fade so quickly from our hearts?

In just one week’s time, the loud “Hosannas” of Palm Sunday shifted to “Crucify him, crucify him.” Have we done the same thing? Can it be that already the mundane drudgery of our every day has overshadowed the Easter lilies and all they symbolize?

How to make our faith stay alive as we trudge through our every day remains a challenge for clergy and laity, theologians and stay-at-home parents, professors and students — and for those of us beset by physical limitation.

We experience the same sort of thing at the start of the new year. So often, we say
in January, “This year will be different.”

Perhaps this is the problem: A year is a long time when we talk about change. So
how about just a morning?

This morning, when I drink my hot coffee, I will be thankful for its warmth and the wakefulness it brings.

Just this morning, I will appreciate the shaft of sunshine floating through the window.

Just this morning, I will be grateful for the breeze on my face when I step outside.

Just this morning, I will take delight in the joy of one memory which warms my heart.

And before we know it, our practice of “just this morning” will be a part of our
entire day, and we will truly be Easter people.

—  I’m in.

You? Challenge accepted? 

Just this morning,” right?

 

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