Being Content and Grateful…

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

Meditation: When a storm interrupts our life, we are stopped cold in our tracks. For three days all schools closed in Atlanta, as we never had a coastal tropical storm reach us before. High wind gusts. The electricity went out. No Wifi. No landline phone. Limited cell phone and computer life span. As a family we searched for all the candles we could find. Thank God we still had water and gas available, so we ate macaroni cheese by candle light. Thanks to the flashlight on the girls’ phones we went down in the basement to look for old board games. And then for a few hours as we still had day light, we played some of the games our girls played when they were five or ten years old. It was actually fun. Good old times. At 8pm it was getting too dark to play and we all went to bed. Strange how power outages can bring a family together. We are being stripped down to the basics. Sometimes “less is more”.

Prayer: Gracious God, we pray for all who had trees fall on their houses and for all who had flooding invade their homes. Provide assistance with clean up. Let the community come together and provide for those families, so that they experience Your compassion while receiving hands on support. Thank You for these extra days off. Thank You for reminding us that sometimes “less is more”. And we are grateful. Amen

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 11-13