Monday Musings #2
Posted on July 7, 2014 by Sister Carol Perry

"One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." - Deuteronomy 8:3

The book of Deuteronomy is actually Moses' farewell address to his people as he nears death. In true biblical fashion a great man cannot die without having a last word of advice for all those gathered round. Moses gets an entire book for good advice and for reminders of moments that are not to be forgotten.

I have chosen the above verse to remind us that we too need two kinds of food lest we die of starvation. Bodily hunger is one thing, but food for the spirit is another. It is so easy to forget that we might have famished souls even when things seem to be perking along fairly well in life.

Let's not relegate God to an emergency status, someone to be called upon when there are no more life rafts, as it were. Let's get to know God long before the crisis comes.

So, even though it is summer and everyone's lifestyle gets adjusted accordingly, we still need to make time for reflection and for a little soul food. No two people will choose the same alimentation. It is the same in the realm of the soul.

What might you do? Enjoy a few extra meditation moments. Be more conscious to pray for those on your subway or bus route or on the plane that might be taking you on vacation. Offer a silent blessing to those in the elevator with you, or the Starbucks barista and the clerk in the deli.

We have so many opportunities to cross paths with others and, therefore, so many possible times to lift our hearts and minds to God in the briefest of prayers. What we give to others is not lost to us.

How about resolving for this week: Text less and bless more. You might find that it is a boomerang blessing coming back to you, but you won't know that until you experiment.

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Sister Carol Perry

A gifted teacher and resident bible scholar at Marble, Sister Carol uses her extensive scholarship and imaginative storytelling skills to offer a fresh and innovative approach to exploring the Scriptures, bringing the stories of the Bible to life.

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