Diane Day of Carson City, NV, USA
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. -Psalm 30:11-12
In 1996 my husband had to have a kidney transplant due to a hereditary kidney disorder. We made plans for his return to work and life with our kids and decided this was just a bump in the road. When we arrived at the hospital, his team of doctors began talking with us. One doctor in particular was not what you’d call “friendly” with a good bedside manner. She was a great doctor, but our plans for life post-transplant didn’t exactly meet her plans.
We already had tags for out-of-state hunting, and the trip was on our calendar. It was August, and the trip was planned for November-plenty of time to recuperate and get ready to go. We told her of our plans, and she very sternly said, “Well, you pretty much belong to us now, and you’ll do what we say.” That didn’t go over well with my stubborn husband and his this-is-not-going-to-stop-me-from-living-my-life attitude. I was upset at his being upset, and he started to cry. Then I cried.
I climbed up on the bed with him, surrounded his body with mine, and we prayed for comfort. We prayed that we would see this doctor in a different attitude; we prayed that this “bump” was just that-a bump. We felt the loving arms of Christ surround us and gather us up like a glove that fits your hand perfectly. We both relaxed, and we continued to pray. That evening when she came in to talk with us again, she was changed. She asked about our hunting trip and if we liked venison.
The transplant was a success, and our hunting trip was a success. Loving arms of Christ are forever around us.
“Your mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23, adapted).
Ordinary Time is a season for noticing the details of life that make up its substance. This month, we invite you to pay attention with each fresh morning to the gift of being alive. Before getting out of bed, take a few deep breaths and notice what it feels like to wake up in your own body. Engage the tasks of your unfolding day with reverence-brushing your teeth, making the bed, pouring the coffee, tending the kids, feeding the animals, making breakfast, etc. Notice the presence of the Holy in every ordinary thing. Embrace your daily routines with sacramental significance. Notice how long you can do this before your attention is taken away, and commit to returning to this simple awareness as gently and often as you can.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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