365 Days of Prayer – Day 113 – Waking Up

Today is a day demanding patience. Two days ago my sciatica went out, but nowhere nearly as painfully as one year ago when I missed two weeks of work that I could not afford to miss. A year of exercises designed to minimize pain have done their job. So that incident alone reminds me to have patience with myself. I can no longer quite rely on the strength of my youth, but I can be intelligent about taking care of this aging body.

Today I had the last ski charter of the year. Getting down to work to get the bus gave me another opportunity to remember patience as the car I was stuck behind was in no hurry. Fortunately, I had the mindset this morning because of the sciatica.

Incidents and situations that I don’t plan on, are great for helping me to “wake up,” step out of ego for a little while, discern the events going on around me. Lately I am getting the message from Spirit that those of us who are “waking up” to the light of the heavens (term borrowed from my friend John Naughton’s books on the Book of Revelation) are being asked to hold space for those who aren’t quite there yet. I’m willing to do this, when I remember that I too, was once lost in my own darkness. So it is good that I have sciatica. It is good that events conspire to slow me down, to pace, to think, and to be aware that all is intrinsically good, that it is often my own judgments that color things bad.

Creator, thank you for today and the events that have made me slow down in the sunshine and cold of the day. Thank you for the joy of the skiers and of my dog as I took her hiking at my snail’s paced walk. Thank you simply for the reminder to just BE.