Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ooh, Shiny!

Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

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 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 

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