Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
I am having a very scatter headed morning. I overslept. My routine was disrupted. I can’t seem to focus on the things I should be doing - like writing this journal post. I am not particularly thrilled with any of the suggested scripture readings I normally select from. I am even finding myself focusing more on the way my rosemary scented candle is burning than on my reading and meditation.
As a result, when I read this verse from Proverbs, instead of meditating on it I immediately went on Amazon.com to find the words Love and Faith in big wood block letters to use as decorations in my house. Definitely not focusing where I am “supposed to” this morning.
While doing those very disconnected things I kept reaching for the charms on my necklace and rubbing them between my fingers. One is a Celtic cross. The other is the symbol of a 12 Step Program. These two things help me ground myself, and remind me who it is that I am. They remind me of the journey that has brought me this far, and why I do not want to go back the way I came. They remind me to be grateful for everything in my life today, and to take a moment to thank God. Even on really scatter headed days. Maybe especially on scatter headed days.
“Bind them around your neck.” I almost never take this necklace off, and on those rare occasions when I do I can’t wait to put it back on again. I need the reminder of who I am and whose I am that I get every time I touch them throughout the day. These two charms may not literally be the words love and faithfulness, but those are the qualities that resonate in my heart when I hold them between my fingers.
Loving and faithful God, may we always find ways to recall to ourselves your steadfast and faithful love toward us, your scatter headed children. Amen