LoveNew Every Morning | May 27, 2022
The HEART represents the core of our being that receives, holds, and gives love. . . .
Choose to love in situations where you may not feel loving. This week name (out loud or in writing to your spouse or friend) those people or situations where you find it difficult to express or feel love. Imagine your heart filled with God’s love and choose to love that person or in that situation this week.
—Kara Lassen Oliver, Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
Think back over the past week and remember something that made you happy and sad. Where did you feel God during both the good and the bad of the week? Join the conversation.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
—1 John 4:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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So thankful to read all the NEM comments from the last few days. Sure hope something can be done to prevent CREST, Julie. Glad you are seeing different doctors to get a better understanding. Thankful medication and exercises are helping you make progress. A doctor’s visit to help with your disability appeal, Ally, makes sense. Sure hope the work at home job is a great help. Moving to a new classroom, more conducive to learning and close to a friend is a blessing, Jill. For a few years I traveled from classroom to classroom with all my stuff on a cart.
Of all the art forms, I find music the most spiritual. It can be instrumental or hymns, the one place where it’s easier to know the words. There are dancers I like to watch and those who aren’t so interesting. Folk dance, contra dance, ballet, waltzes and tangos are favorites. Saw Slavic dance troops perform when I was in college, love the laendler in the Sound of Music, the dances in Sanditon. Precious is time with children no matter the circumstances. Tough times in Uvalde and Buffalo. Not fond of shooting, there is a place for it, but what’s happening, has happened, and can be expected to happen again if nothing is done is unacceptable Change is needed and the sooner the better. One person’s freedom ends where another person’s freedom begins. Boundaries are part of life. Safe travel Lou, encouragement and support for caregiving April, peace and wellbeing for Rick and his husband. Blessings, peace, love, grace, and mercy to you all dear NEM. Thank You, Lord,
God’s love in the Gospel of John and the rescue and washing of my hat.
I felt God when I received the diagnosis about Crest, which was both good and bad news. Good that I do not have it yet and bad in that it may be an eventuality.
One of the kittens is very attached to me and he greeted me first thng this morning in bed for cuddles and kisses. When I was taking my shower I noticed him sitting between the fabric curtain and the tub watching me through the vinyl liner!
Prayers for Ally as she continues to work in order to support herself and David while awaiting the disability appeal finding. Prayers for her and David’s health issues to improve. Prayers for April to find moments of respite and beauty each day. Prayers for Jill as her students take their exams and she moves to a better classroom. Prayers for Lou and her son as she assists with his move and for her and her daughter as they enjoy time together. Prayers for Rick and his husband as they enjoy the sunshne in San Diego. Prayers for Robert as he continues to work towards a move to the Poconos and continues to advocate for and participate in his church.
I was able to speak with my friend, who is supporting her daughter out of state at a rehab facility. The daughter received a “pass” to leave campus and attend her high school graduation. She graduated last night, as one of her school’s valedictorians. She has had such a challenging season of life these past few years. We are trusting she is receiving tools which will help her overcome her severe OCD which has led to other issues – and she will be able to function well at an out of state college this Fall. My friend is joyous and still so sad for daughter. She has seen the strides taken, and yet is cognizant of the road ahead. She checked in on December 23 and her release date is June 23. 6 months of intensive therapy. Her final 6 weeks, of which she is in the midst, are “outpatient”. She is “on campus” during the day, and off site with her mom in a condo the remainder of the time. They will return – about an 8 hour drive – Monday.
One exam down this morning, one more to go Tuesday afternoon. This afternoon the year 1 students are doing an “exhibition” in our school library. Parents, central admin and others have been invited. It will be good to see their creativity, not to mention them looking spiffy in nice clothes. This morning was the senior awards ceremony. Afterwards they picked up their caps and gowns. All that remains is graduation on Wednesday.
Cats walking on the rim of the tub, between the liner and the curtain – must be a thing. Roger does it too. At night when I wash my face and brush my teeth, he stands by the tub, between the liner and curtain. I call it our “hide and seek” ritual. I run my finger up and down the curtain and he tries to bat at it and catch it. For a while – he hadn’t engaged in this. But he is back to most of his old shenanigans, including the shower curtain rituals. I find my cat more entertaining than I find most people.
Indeed! I much prefer my kitties company.