On not working

The Farmers' Market at KCC

You were RIGHT, God!  (Such surprise I’m showing!)  I did REST yesterday, instead of beginning a fight against all the stuff out of place and all the tasks whining to be done.  This lovely image from Saturday’s trip to the Farmers’ Market seems the most restful image I could find.  The people and the shopping lie ahead — but I have paused to appreciate Your Light on the grass.

PAUSING?  Pausing to appreciate?  Is this part of what You had in mind when you commanded us to refrain from working one day a week? Sandy and I bought a jamba juice for my mom and then played scrabble with her.  We were not purposeful until we went to see Mavis together and then I mostly listened and entered into Sandy’s World.  Ah, the BENEFITS of a third party being present. We open different doorways with different people.  And it was a gift to be there — listening — and joining in.

There was such acceptance and compassion in that room — both very healing, very helpful.  We need help.  And we need help in finding help.  Mavis asked if we could find an expert to help Ian manage his fears. Sandy hasn’t been able to find one.  Or rather, the “experts” just told them how it could be done, but they didn’t walk with them in the doing and redoing of it.  And perhaps that will be the way it is.  Still, please help us, God, in searching for help.

It was a very special day, God.  And, if I had pursued my “work” activities — even just tidying and putting away —  I would have missed it.  So, stopping, putting down my daily diversions, resting — was key to my entering more fully into YOUR presence… Your presence as “third person” in our lives — filling our lives with acceptance and compassion.  Thank You!      Oh, and YES, I might want to do this again.  Wanting might be more helpful than I realize.  Thanks!

Story teller,

Posted in A weekly day of rest, asking for help for myself, being together in a compassionate presence, putting down daily diversions, refraining from work, Wanting a protected time

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