At The End of the Day…

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Meditation: I don’t know about you. But at the end of the day I am spent. I have given my best and my all – and I am exhausted. And then there are still so many tasks that remain undone. My list has still at least five to ten “to do” items. It takes courage to go to bed even though I am not done. It takes courage to let go of all that I have not accomplished. It is challenging to trust that there will be more time and more opportunity tomorrow. For me, every day is a little life. Therefore I imagine that at the end of my life I will have a similar experience: So many things that I still wanted to do – and now there isn’t time left. It takes courage to let go of the small everyday incompletes and even more so at the end of my life my big incompletes.  If I slow down and listen with my heart, I can hear that quiet inner voice of Grace say: “It’s OK. There is Grace, there is time and opportunity, even though your day, your life has come to an end.” Our hope as Christians is that all our incompletes are being held by God for us, and that we will be made complete in hope. If I can quiet my heart and mind enough, I can hear God’s Spirit whisper: “You will try again tomorrow” and “You are enough”. And so my heart relaxes and lets go, repeating: “I will try again tomorrow” and “I am enough”….

Prayer: God, you know how overwhelming life can be at times. You know that sometimes we lose heart. We stay strong on the outside, but feel really weak on the inside, as we keep pushing ourselves beyond our limits. Gracious God, help us to let go at the end of the day and at the end of our life. Help us to accept our limits and still know that you consider us as “good enough”.  You want to fill us with new strength and new hope in the morning. Teach us how to be courageous and how to let go. And we are grateful. Amen

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24