Finding the Child in a Storm – Good News for December 2

2 12 2008

Luke 10: 21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” 

The Daily Path: I made a serious mistake this morning…

I departed from my usual routine of starting each day by reading the Gospel. Instead, I went directly to my e-mail to check the status of a business meeting scheduled for this week. While checking messages I opened a business related note from a colleague. That note sent me into a rage. My friends, I must confess that I’m still angry as I type these words. My blood pressure is boiling. What a horrible way to start the day. (Deep breath. Calm down, Kin.)

A number of years ago, one of my life teachers (Dr. Wayne Dyer) explained how we are often closest to source (God) when we first wake from a night’s sleep. And, like Dr. Dyer, I find both peace and inspiration from God usually flows through me like a river in those waking hours.

When I first started reading the Gospel early in the morning it was an attempt, I’ll even say a desperate attempt, to find a sense of peace that was alluding me each night. As some of you know, I would wake up at 3 a.m. filled with anxiety and anger. Reading and focusing on the Good News of the Gospel helped me to calm down and in many cases allow me to go back to bed for some sleep. Over time, these anxiety filled wake-up calls ceased. Now I wake up refreshed, anxious to contemplate God, read Christ’s teachings, craft my Good News To-Go! blog, and get ready for the day.

Now back to today’s failing… Why did I open that e-mail? Why did I stray from the routine that I know starts me off on the path where God wants me. I may get diverted later today but at least I start out closer to what Jesus calls “the childlike” to whom God will reveal Himself. Obviously today will be a challenge if I allow this poison to continue to flow through me.

Lord, please heal me. Remove this anger. Show me the way to get beyond it. Please help me and all who must deal with stressful situations in our business, and life in general, to feel Your love. Grant us peace, this day… please.

Advent Meditation: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.