I'm gleeful this morning because the morning held images of His majesty, colored pink and blue. It's the time of the painted sky just now and He is quite liberal with His perfect gifts.
The words I read this morning were intensely soothing, too. From I Thessalonians 4:11
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands . . . "
I've been reading Lark Rise to Candleford again. Flora Thompson draws me in with her accounting of hamlet life. I find the simplicity so stirring even though I know life was difficult and hard. The women had trying times feeding their big families and were always in need of just a little more money. I do resonate with the way they shared with one another, the way they gave their lives to each other and confided in one another. Work is a gift. Work substitutes and competes with gluttony. Making a bed, scrubbing a floor, wiping off the counter top, and clearing the garden are signifcant ways to give our time and our energy. Do you know people who are always there to give? I like them so much. Somehow they know how to ask, "What do you need? What can I do for you?" in just the right way. We believe them. They mean it.
When I didn't have so many distractions, I gave my time away more liberally. I think I've become a bit stingy. I'm glad He is not stingy with his rich belongings. He who washed the disciples' feet will show me how I can give my life away each day.
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God be with you.