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Today’s sermon was on eyes of grace. Dangerous listening seems like a good pairing.
This has been one of those weeks. Not a horrible week but a hard week. We are cleaning out my dad’s house. It is also Spring Break. The kids may in general be happy to help but spending 4 days this week sorting, recycling, pitching and boxing up, has not been their ideal Spring Break.
I’m also under contract for one book and just agreed to write another. I’m teaching an online course on writing nonfiction for children and teens. And I’m judging a writing contest. Why did I schedule all of this now? None of it was up to me.
The only one that was in my power was agreeing to read over a new friend’s proposal. I hadn’t gotten to it yet when she called on Thursday. As expected, she told me how much she wants my feedback but also how important she thinks it is to get this to the editor now.
But what she said next really surprised me. She thanked me for always having a good sense of humor and being willing to help someone out. Then she offered to come help at my dad’s one morning.
I was floored. Kind words and a simple offer. That’s all it took.
Definitely something to consider as we try to share God in our lives.
Are you listening this Lenten season?
Several years ago, I helped teach a class on prayer. One of the types of prayer that we learned about was the Irish blessing. These simple prayers call down God’s blessing on even the everyday from the breakfast we eat to the household tasks that we do. Bless this task, bless this house, and bless those who reside within. Amen!