Monday, November 12, 2012

Those Other Days

We have hopefully been able to spend at least some part of our day with God.  Perhaps we've been fortunate enough to receive Him in the Eucharist.  We go forward, strengthened by His presence, inspired with His guidance, encouraged in His love.  On the best of these days, we feel that nothing could pull down our spirits.  Often, nothing can.

And then, there are those other days. 

The weather may not be so good.  There might be a traffic jam in the city as we make our way to work.  We're late getting children to school.   We have errands to run and a grocery stop to make and we realize money is really tight this weekThere's dissension among our co-workers.  The world we face is busy, rushing, bustling, loud, demanding, chaotic, crass, irreverent, and anything... absolutely ANYTHING... but Godly.

This is when we truly reap the benefits of time we've spent in prayer, ideally with Scripture.  This is when a phrase that stood out in prayer might just pop back into our minds, inspiring and strengthening us for the very situation we find ourselves in right now.  

"In Him who is the source of my strength I have strength for everything."  (Philippians 4:13)

"Do not... speak ill of one another."  (James 4:11)

“As for lewd conduct or promiscuousness or lust of any sort, let them not even be mentioned among you…. nor should there be any obscene, silly, or suggestive talk…” (Ephesians 5:3-4)

"I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk; I will counsel you, keeping My eye on you."  (Psalm 32:8)

"Whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  (Philippians 4:8)