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Sabbath Moments and Peace

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

It’s good to be back on-line with you.  My time in Puerto Rico performing the wedding of a darling couple was great despite my itchy legs.  BTW I have a solid diagnosis now, I hope.  My dermatologist says it was poison ivy on a steroid rebound.  It seems the Urgent Care Dr. missed the diagnosis and then ‘woefully’ under treated it.  As a result the lower dose of steroid caused it to get worse.  It seems to be on the mend now and I credit the salty water of the Atlantic Ocean for a lot of that healing…thank you all for your concerns, comments and prayers. 

This week I am back home in Western New York.  It has been a bittersweet time.  We have put our house on the market and hope to find a maintenance free condo in Rochester.  Moving out of a home after 20 years conjures up memories and begins the goodbye process to a home that has been good to us.  And the memories go with us. 

A far harder goodbye took place yesterday when I said goodbye and God speed to a dear friend who is dying of cancer.  She is at peace and looking forward to her new adventure as she transitions from this life to the next.  I, on the other hand, am selfishly sad to be losing a friend who has brought me joy, grace, love, laughter and a great deal of wisdom through her keen mind and deep faith.  The world needs more people like her not less. 

I share all these tidbits from my life this week because there is a Sabbath Moment thread that runs through all of it. 

Time, sharing, and relationships are the essence of Sabbath Moments.  The time we spend with God in sharing our lives, fears, joys, sorrows and confusion brings us into a closer relationship with God that in turn brings us a peace that passes all understanding in the midst of life’s ups and downs. 

My relationship to the bride in Puerto Rico began when she was a member of my church as a little girl.  Our journey together was one of discovering who God was in her life and that discovery forms who she is today.  Your prayers and concern for my strange outbreak is a result of our time together sharing these moments and a love of a God we know and trust.  Leaving our home to establish a new one reminds me that things are always changing but through it all God is with us.  And my dear friend’s last few days are filled with a sacredness and peace that comes only from spending intentional time with a God of love, mercy, compassion and justice.  (Her favorite words). 

Life can be a series of Sabbath Moments that bring us a deep and abiding peace so we can say “all is well with my soul.”

Treasure, guard, and be intentional with your time with God this week.  You never know when you will need to draw on that assurance of God’s presence, love and truth.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”  Horatio Spafford

“And a storm and wind came down the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.  And they went and woke him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; and they ceased, and there was a calm.  He said to them “Where is your faith?”  And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water and they obey him.”  Luke 8.23-25

Blessings and peace,

Nancy

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Sabbath Moments in the Storm

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Well, last night we had another blinger of a thunderstorm complete with a tornado warning here in Woodstock, GA.  It came on fast and furious.  From the time of the TV warning to the time our sirens went off was about 3 seconds.  There was no time to get to the designated shelter for my apartment complex.  Fortunately, all we had was a wild and wooly thunderstorm and no tornado.  As I considered hunkering down in my inside closet and was looking around for something to put over my head to keep all those books and boxes from clunking me on the noggin, I caught sight of something flapping at the edge of my living room window.

Forgetting my mission to cower in the corner of the closet, I stepped closer to my window.  There clinging to the wooden frame was a huge luna moth.  It was folded up and it swayed back and forth like a door on a hinge.  I was certain that the wind would rip it from its perch and launch it into the stratosphere.

But it hung on.  Back and forth it swung all the while its little legs clung to the frame.  It had to be 7-10 minutes before the winds and rain calmed down; and yet, the luna moth was still there.  This little insect had ridden out the storm and was now fanning its wings out to dry them off.

I marveled at its strength in the storm and at how tenacious it had been in hanging on and not being swept up in the chaos of leaves, debris and falling limbs.  This was no small storm.  There were at least 2 trees that came down on the property and branches were everywhere this morning when I went outside.  And yet that moth wasn’t moved an inch.

Oh, how I wish I could be like that moth when the storms of body, mind or spirit hit.  Hanging on, not being moved, clinging with strength to the frames around me would certainly be my hope and wish.  Too often, however,  I’m like those limbs and maybe even whole trees that come crashing down when a wind blows through my life disrupting my plans. 

This is why I need Sabbath Moments.  They hold me steadier than I could be without them when the storms unexpectedly arise.   When I am grounded in faith, living hope and trusting in God’s grace, I am anchored and well protected when the storm warnings go off. 

What storms have you weathered better because of your time with God?  The luna moth is my new visual for strength in a storm and come to think of it, the way it was positioned on the window frame made it look like it was praying.  Not a bad visual at all, not bad at all. 

“As they sailed, he fell asleep.  A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided and all was calm.  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.  In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this?  He commands even the winds and the water,and they obey him.”   Luke 8:23-25

“The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalm 27.1

Blessings,

Nancy

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