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Send Your Roots Down Into Soil That Nourishes Your Soul

Overnight my phone rang at 3 am.  It was my daughter who lives in Nashville TN.  Over the past few weeks she and her fiancé have been through a tornado which destroyed their new neighborhood of east Nashville. They have, as all of have, made many difficult adjustments to their lives due to the spread of coronavirus.  And last night – the phone call.  Their living roof caved in and collapsed on their dog crate (yes – dog inside) and all over their living room.

Strength, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

A lot to cope with.  And yet, when I spoke to her this morning her attitude was upbeat, they had a friend helping them store some items, had saved their artwork, and prepared their home for the contractors as they pack up and head to Montana to wait out this outbreak. They are safe and un-harmed, and the dogs are safe and unharmed.  Thank goodness. The new couch is completely ruined.  That, we can handle. We are so grateful.

I was reminded of a phrase my father has shared me often when I have faced difficult times.  “God never hands you more than you can handle.”  I know this to be true.  We are all stronger than we think we are.  There will be pain and there will be loss. There will be days where it feels like the roof is collapsing over our heads and spreading dust and chaos everywhere.

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Gratitude in the Midst of Challenge

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for everything
that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. 
And because all of these things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

This last week has been a bit tough for me.  I have received, it seems at every turn, news of a death, a disease or mental illness diagnosis, a divorce or an estranged relationship.  This journey we call life is not an easy one.

In our culture we seem to place such a great emphasis on the importance of being happy that when we hit these challenges, many of us can become completely derailed.  Do we somehow believe we can out run the hard times?  Have we forgotten that there is always dark and light?

We ask, “how can this have happened?”  We have cultivated what seems to be an all or nothing attitude.  “This horrible thing happened and now my life is ruined.”  (more…)