My version of 7 Quick Takes Friday. Thanks for hosting, Jen.
Thank you Lord for Holy Mass, a good confession, and time for prayer before I begin my trip. Thank you for helping me get on the road on time and for a safe and peaceful journey. I am especially grateful to be able to stay at my sister's house and to attend the visitation for my dear friend. It was wonderful to see so many people I've lost contact with and to catch up on what is happening in their lives. I place each of them in Your loving care.
Thank you Lord for a beautiful funeral Mass for my friend. I learned that her cancer had returned only a few days before and now she has gone home. May she enter swiftly into the light of your love. Lord, be a consolation for those who mourn her. I thank you, Lord, that we were able to share our memories, laughter, and tears; grief shared lightens the burden.
Lord, it was wonderful to get a good nights sleep and spend a day resting and visiting with people I love. I spent the morning with my sister and her family. In the afternoon, I was able to visit my friend and her family. It was wonderful to hear about all the good things she and her husband are doing in their parish youth group. Lord, bless their endeavors and touch the hearts of all the young people in their parish; may this be the continuation of a life long journey.
Not much happening today, Lord, but I give the day to you. It's good to be home and to get the laundry done from my trip. Most of the day I spend in those tedious domestic tasks. I think of Mary. How many times did she wash clothes, fix meals, sweep the floor, and a hundred other little tasks? I make brownies and the smell of rich chocolate invades my apartment. Lord, how wonderful you are in all these little things. Clean clothes, clean apartment, and a warm chocolate brownie with ice cold milk.
I awake to the song "The Long and Winding Road" playing in my head. Yes, Lord, that is the spiritual journey. It is life long, winding, but always leading to your door. Thank you for helping me to finish the blog post for the Lawn Chair Catechism.
Lord, I'm afraid I've wasted much of this day. How easily I fall into bad habits! But, you, Lord, are faithful and merciful. When I come to my time of prayer, there you are. You lead me, you guide me, you forgive me. Tomorrow will be better.
My sleeping pattern is off again, Lord! When will I ever learn? The whole day seems skewed some how. Yet, you are here in all my messiness. With your help, Lord, I resist the urge to do fast, easy, and unhealthy food. Instead, I get to the grocery store and buy what I need. It's so easy, Lord, to take for granted the abundance of food in our country. Help me to make wise choices so that I don't over buy and end up throwing things away.