Day 151, Evening
Today’s evening meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.
“Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace.”
—Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Dealing with difficult situations with a calm patience requires toughness as well as love. Sometimes a little creativity helps, too.
A story about one of Saint Francis of Assisi’s earliest disciples, Brother Juniper, illustrates this. Once, when a superior had reprimanded him with great severity, Brother Juniper was so disturbed that he could not sleep. He got up in the middle of the night and prepared some porridge with a big lump of butter on top, and took it to his superior’s room. “Father, I have prepared this porridge for you and beg you to eat it.” The superior told him to go away and let him sleep. “Well,” said Brother Juniper simply, “would you be so kind as to hold the light while I eat it?” The superior laughed in spite of himself, and was sporting enough to sit down with Brother Juniper so they could eat the porridge together.
We may not be so innocent as Brother Juniper, but we can still learn to head off resentment in every way possible. (WLB)
As your day draws to a close, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As thoughts of the past surface in your mind, gently guide them back to the God who is present, full of forgiveness and peace.
Loving God, fashion me into a being that is so like you, that when I speak, act, or move that it is your words, your actions, and your movements alive in me. Amen. (CIB)
BC The Belgic Confession
CAC The Center For Action & Contemplation
CD The Canons of Dort
CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers
HC The Heidelberg Catechism
NT The New Testament
OT The Old Testament
WC The Westminster Confession
WLB Eknath Easwaran’s, “Words To Live By”
WLC The Westminster Larger Catechism
WSC The Westminster Shorter Catechism