Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for May 7, 2020
Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Seeing the Miracle of Multiplication”
The opposite of a scarcity mentality is an abundancy mentality. With an abundancy mentality we say, “There is enough for everyone, more than enough: food, knowledge, love . . . everything.” With this mind-set we give away whatever we have, to whomever we meet. When we see hungry people, we give them food. When we meet ignorant people, we share our knowledge; when we encounter people in need of love, we offer thein friendship and affection and hospitality and introduce them to our family and friends.
When we live with this mind-set, we will see the mira-cle that what we give away multiplies: food, knowledge, love … everything. There will even be many leftovers.
These prayers are from the website faithandworship.com:
For all whose day starts with anxiety, as they leave the security of home worrying about the risk of infection; particularly those whose health or age classifies them as vulnerable. Loving God, be close, keep them safe, along with all whose tasks today includes the care of frail and elderly. And for all of us, grant wisdom to make sensible choices, not just for ourselves, but for everybody. Amen.
We are beginning to learn that this is a fragile world you’ve placed into our care. But there are times, Lord, when we are reminded of our human fragility, needing your loving care through times of anxiety and illness. Touch us, Lord, with healing hands and words, that we might walk together through this temporary darkness and into your glorious light. Amen.
Here’s more from pastor and cartoonist Cuyler Black…
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/france-fighter-jet-ejection-scli-intl/index.htmlEveryone fond of throwing surprise parties needs to read this cautionary tale from France. The headline says it all, A 64-Year-Old Man Accidentally Ejected Himself from A Fighter Jet At 2,500 Feet.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/27/us/laurent-duvernay-tardif-kansas-city-chiefs-coronavirus-trnd/index.htmlLaurent Duvernay-Tardif was playing in the biggest game of his life less than three months ago, bringing home the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. The Chiefs right guard—who is also the first medical doctor to play in the NFL—is now on the front line with other medical professionals in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Read his story here.
https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/19-people-who-thought-theyd-have-a-great-day-but-life-decided-otherwise-502610/Here are 19 people who thought they’d have a wonderful day until life decided otherwise.
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-52511077/tumbleweed-tornado-hits-us-driverYou never know what you might run into on vacation…maybe even a tumbleweed tornado.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jft3BVoxqjoHere’s one of new favorite jazz groups, Tuba Skinny, playing “The Jubilee Stomp” on Royal Street in New Orleans. Watch for the couple who joyfully dance their way through the video.
May joy surprise you today, too!
Stay safe and stay well!