Failure

 

Have you ever failed at anything? Made a mistake, disappointed a friend or a loved one, we all have. Failures, mistakes, disappointments are our common lot with the rest of humankind, but our failures do not make us any less valuable. It’s because of our mistakes and failures that our lives become richer and more valuable.

What is true for us, is true for all, and its our obligation to humanity and to God to admit that our friends’ and our enemies’ life patterns, although different from our own, are equally as valuable.
Genuine tolerance comes when we recognize that another may be right when we are wrong.

Fury

 

Fury will never end fury, it will just ricochet on and on. Only putting it down will end such an abysmal state. — Sunnata Vagga
 
I know everyone has seen those perpetual motion machines with five balls suspended by wire and you start the end ball moving and the balls collide against each other for what seems like eternity.   
 
silver-balls     When I read this I thought of those machines, I also thought of Sam in The Lord of the Rings hollering to Frodo to let the ring go.
 
I think there is an anger, a disappointment, a betrayal, etc., that we all need to let go, to put down and walk away. It can be something very large or very small, but until we let it go the state of our affairs is troubled and not at peace.
 
I can certainly think of several golden rings that I had to let go of, and several that I need to put aside today.
 
Join me today in your prayer/meditation in asking God to help you to stop the silver balls in your head to quit knocking each other around. 

Avoidance

 

 

It’s not so much who you know as it is who you avoid. — Anon.

 
 
Their are foods that are toxic to an individual’s system, and the doctor’s advice is avoid the food or beverage that is toxic.
 
There are people who who are toxic for another, but I think it is sometimes harder to avoid that individual than for an alcoholic to avoid alcohol. Guilt plays a huge part. We are taught to love one another, but what happens when someone is bad for us?
 
It might seem easier for someone who is in an abusive relationship, but talk to a person who is being abused and they will tell you how difficult ending an abusive relationship is.
 
Maybe the relationship isn’t abusive, but is still not good for you — you drink to much, you act out and certainly act out of character, or simply you are not your best when you are with that person.
 
The individual may not be toxic for others, perhaps others are jealous of the relationship you have, not seeing it is unhealthy. There are so many situations like this.
 
You can still love and admire someone, and yet know you must avoid that individual. If you feel you are in such a relationship avoidance is a therapy that may save your life.

Small Still Voice

 

Prayer manifests itself in many ways. Consider the range of sound prayer takes. The example that comes to mind is the story of Elijah escaping to the desert where he hears the voice of God.
After wind, earthquake, and fire, Elijah hears a “small still voice.” (I Kings 19:11-13).
Think of the various prayer experiences. Christian prayer runs the sound gamut from loud bells to quiet meditation. Muslims are called to prayer by the muezzin, but when they pray during daytime it is usually silent. Jewish prayer ranges from the voice of the cantor reaching high decibels to the silent reading of the Amidah, or the silent prayer, which is the most important prayer of the Jewish ritual.
Each prayer, loud or silent, is deeply spiritual, and is an expression from the heart. Whatever the volume of your words, remember to seek out what Elijah finally heard — the “still small voice of God.”