Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transparent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ Sara Ban Breathnach

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gather Up the Crumbs - IV - Crumbs on a gray May morning...

A friend sent me an e-card yesterday reminding me of all the things I preach.  In a kind and gentle way she was reminding me to Walk the  Talk.

Because I am a visual learner...I discovered this gift to bring home her message a little more.  While I suspect it was created for the corporate/secular world, it was not difficult for me to watch it through the lens of hope and faith in Christ.  Walk the Talk

I do not know why or how I get so off track...trying to do the RIGHT thing!

But, I do know that if I was truly walking the talk that I preach and journal, I would not become so emotionally, physically, and spiritually tired as I have been these last few weeks.  Still, I have the promise that God still loves me and that he will continue to send nourishing crumbs my way.

Tomorrow I am preaching on John 14:1-14. While I love this entire passage, there are verses that stand out for me today:
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.
Using my thoughts from journaling with Macrina, I am using the image of "home" within my sermon.  What do we think of when we think of "home"?

As I have worked on this sermon, I thought back to BPC's Homecoming last year.  Phil and Rhonda Foley joined us for worship and sang a song by Al Denson...Take Me To the Cross.

Why do I forget?

Why do I forget that I am not created to "impress" or "be all things" or...whatever it is that gets me so off track?

Jesus said, "29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30

When I am feeling harried, it isn't Jesus' yoke I'm carrying.

I had a wonderful time with my granddaughter yesterday.  We ate breakfast after getting her eye exam.  I ended up eating her pancakes because she thought my fruit and yogurt looked better! We did a little shopping and then went to see Kung Fu Panda. After a breakfast of pancakes I was hoping to avoid the concession counter.  Pleading that we were already late did not convince Payton she did not need popcorn and something to drink. Of course....she shared the popcorn.

A day of pancakes, popcorn, cherry coke....and a lot of love and a lot of laughs.

Yesterday, during those hours Jesus' yoke did feel light. Sometimes I forget I do not have to be "doing" all the time.

Sometimes Jesus' yoke is simply being present in the cleaning of my house.  Seriously!! : )

Working on today's entry I discovered a song by Josh Groban.  I hesitate to call it a crumb, because it seems much more. Still, I know I'm still at a place I could not handle a large feast...

Amen and amen!!

Many Blessings ~ Sandi

1 comment:

  1. Powerful messages in Walk the Talk and in the songs for this blog! To remember to be present in all things...