I’ve always loved to take walks but I will admit, I am a ‘fair weather’ walker. So, I have taken advantage of the beautiful days we have had these past few weeks and put on some miles. With things as they are right now my work schedule is flexible and allows me some freedom. Let me tell you, there is nothing better to help center yourself at the beginning of each day than heading out in the glorious cool air and sunny skies of the morning! It is so natural to converse, pray, enjoy, rejoice, thank, and simply embrace the time I am out in God’s amazing creation. I take in the differences from one day to the next; like noticing how much greener the trees are becoming as the leaves grow bigger; or the spring smells of new plants popping up all over; or the birds flying overhead, singing to their hearts content… Family members and friends come to mind and I remember them and ask that they have peace, calm, and that their needs are met. Practicing the discipline of prayer is so rewarding – especially when I accept that God is the one who is ultimately in charge, and by offering prayers, rejoicing, and being thankful, I am fulfilling what he asks of me and this brings a contentment to my being, and a smile to my face.

And, then I think about things on a world-wide spectrum and feel quite small with the vastness of problems it has. The verses from 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 have been brought to my attention more than once over the past days: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, (No rain – like the recent fires that burned out of control in Australia; locusts – like in Africa and Asia; and pestilence – like the current nationwide pandemic), if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” Verses 15-16: “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time”.

He gives us hope and a promise even when things appear out of control and hope-less.

I think this is a great time for self-reflection and renewal for each of us. A great time to do our part to make a difference. There is a line from a much loved trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, that speaks to me. The crux of the movie is it would appear all is lost unless by some divine intervention faith and hope are restored to the human race, even when it appears that there is only despair left.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

I see that as a beautiful challenge for each of us to take to heart and decide what our part is in the going’s on around us, to hopefully make it a better place and allow healing to happen.   Every day is a gift given to us and each of us have gifts to give.

Geri Skreen

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