November 12, 2021

Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 (GNT)

The “It just so happens” God was at work a week ago when I decided to go and visit my sister since I had a window of time and good weather. We had a good visit the afternoon I arrived, and I planned to visit her again the next morning before driving back to Woodstock. The phone call I received from the Assisted Living facility changed that plan, and I ended up spending the better part of the day sitting with Carol in the ER after she’d had a major upset early in the morning.

I was sitting next to her bed, holding her hand. After all the excitement of the past few hours, I stopped to slow my breathing, and simply settle in. I was aware of the timing of God that I was there to be with her and filled with a sense of warmth and peace. And, at least for a few minutes, that place became a sacred space of being present to God.

Wednesday afternoon I was sharing some of the ups and downs of the past month. In the presence of a good listener, I began to recognize moments of grace and providence woven throughout both highs and lows. And the refrain of the hymn by Robert Lowery, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” popped into my head. “No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”  Check it out at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VBlzUduHd4.

“Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing. It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?” (Robert Lowery) ~ Anne

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