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2021.01.04 Daily Devotional

2021.01.04 Daily Devotional

2021.01.04 Daily Devotional

Our Devotional for Monday, January 4, 2021 comes to us from Ash and Starlight, Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life by Arianne Braithwaite Lehn.

Isaiah 26:3    3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Matthew 6:33    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Philippians 4:6-7    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

“When I’m Completely Scattered”

Centering and calming God,

 

Sometimes my mind is

both everywhere and nowhere at all.

 

I’m filled with such a mess of tasks,

reminders, and to-do alerts,

all pinging against the walls of my head.

 

I ask for your peace-giving guidance

to place these thoughts

where they ought to be today.

 

Every tiny thing in my life

looms seemingly large,

while the assignments,

relationship, and worries

engulf me.

 

Help me put aside what can wait,

letting what needs my attention

receive action it deserves.

 

Help me sort this out.

 

Slow down my breathing,

reminding me when

I’ve been a ball of anxiety before

and you’ve untangled

my life, my worries …

 

Give me space to remember these things

zipping within are not my life,

but small slices of it –

I’ll take them on as I’m able,

one at a time (with you by my side).

 

With your holy breath, clear my mind …

With your purifying Spirit, cleanse my soul …

With your gentle presence, calm my heart …

 

Thank you for the ways you center me

and bring me back to life –

to the real, the important, the true.

 

May I go about the rest of this day

focused on you and grounded in your peace –

peace deeper than my understanding.

 

— Arianne Braithwaite Lehn

 

Friends –

I stopped on this reflection because it so clearly describes much of what I have felt during this pandemic.  Where before the pandemic, I was be organized and task-oriented, sometimes now I can’t seem to focus on a particular task or prioritize the multiple tasks before me. So, the Reverend Arianne Braithwaite Lehn reminds me to be patient with myself and trust God to guide me.

–Pastor bea