We share things in common if you eat ice cream, like to laugh, go to the beach, do yoga, prefer off the beaten track travel, love the US National Parks, like reading fiction & poetry, go dancing, go to church, watch theater, and enjoy spontaneous get togethers.
The National Cathedral is posting daily meditations for Lent - This one touched me.
MARCH 6, 2014 • LENT 2
by Martha Watson
“We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives.” Litany for Ash Wednesday
The last words of this petition strike my heart every year: “The impatience of our lives.” I confess I live an impatient life. I want to get through the phone tree right now. I want a green traffic light right now. I want my Starbuck’s coffee right now. I want my problems solved right now. But more than that, I want my spouse, my children, my dog and my cat, my life and my work, the people at my church to be exactly what I want right now. My prayer is: “Lord, give me patience, charity, insight, faith but make it quick.” And when things don’t happen on my time table, I become frustrated, angry and stressed.
Such profound impatience is a form of unfaithfulness, a kissing cousin of pride. My timing, my plans, my desires take precedence over holy waiting, of biding and abiding as God moves in, through, within, and around my life. I am too busy to heed Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” This Lent I want to do less and feel more: to be present to others, to God, and to my life rather than rushing on to the next thing on my list, to take time to listen for God’s soft beckoning in my life. Lord, help me to be still and know that you are God.
My horoscope that is.
Aquarius (January 20-February 19)
Well hello there, gorgeous. Radiant, glow-inducing Venus will visit your sign from Wednesday until April 5 flipping on your lights. Your powers of attraction are unparalleled now, but don’t rush to form a portmanteau with anyone. Enjoying your freedom and sampling the tasting menu might be more of your romantic speed now. If you’re in a relationship, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Nurture your independent interests to keep the sparks alive. On Friday, break out the North Face fleece and lace up those cross-trainers. Adventurous Jupiter wakes up from a four-month retrograde in your sixth house of health. Between now and July 16, you could get into the best shape of your life with some focus and dedication. Work picks up, too, and you may soon travel for professional purposes or start interfacing with colleagues in different parts of the world.