I don’t know about you, but from time to time I turn into a Grumpy McGrumpypants.
What they say about waking up on the wrong side of the bed has some truth to it.
As does the reality that sometimes life is just hard, or at least seems that way.
Listening to the news exposes us to violence and toxic conversations on a daily basis. We are steeped in a social and political soup that I experience as increasingly divisive, polarizing, and awfulizing. This cannot help but seep into our daily lives and interactions.
And so we may be forgiven for waking up on the wrong side of the bed from time to time.
This morning I am not quite sure which side I woke up on. I sat with my coffee and pondered the tasks ahead for me this day, and reflected on the challenges of this past week. I read the news and prayed with the grumpy inducing happenings near and far.
And I listened…
… to the bird song outside my window …
… to the call of God within to act justly, love tenderly, and walk in the way of peace…
… to my own inmost desire, etched into the silver ring I received at my first profession of vows, to live with an open heart.
I soaked it all in and remembered what a good friend of mine likes to say …We’ve got this.
So I breathe into this day, ready to love, ready to live into all it holds.
Breathe. Live. Love.
God is with us through it all.
(Even when we’re grumpy. )