by Leila Grandemange
The world seems to be falling apart, torn from the inside out by hate and violenceand Television and social networking brings it right to our door (and mind) on a daily basis! Again last night we hear the tragic news of more police officers being killed. . . and I’m certain that all over the world acts of hate and violence continue.
But I’m also certain that all over the world acts of LOVE AND GENEROSITY, and JOYFUL CELEBRATIONS—marriage, birth, and all sorts of wonderful accomplishments—continue to be displayed.
Some mornings I wake up and feel like I’m riding a roller coaster—up, down, happy, sad. Should I feel sorrow, or joy? I’m really not certain we’re wired and created to handle it all. Sometimes I envy my dogs . . .
Each morning I awake to a wet nosed kiss and an enthusiastic pounce on my bed from one of my precious pooches who are obviously unaware of all the suffering that exists. They greet me with joy, excitement, and such love! Thanks to my dogs, I’m drawn back to the present and the tasks at hand, and more simple information like the sun is shinning ( let’s go for a walk), the fridge is empty ( let’s go grocery shopping), I’m hungry (let’s eat!). . . I’m also reminded by their sweet welcoming good morning nudge how incredibly loved I am. Maybe that’s all I’m supposed to feel today. . . Love ❤️
Dear friends, life is a roller coaster of emotions, and there’s not much we can do to change that. But we can choose to get off the roller coaster now and then and rest our heart and mind in the present moment and the simple tasks at hand. I LOVE MY DOGS!!! Somehow I think if they could quote one Bible verse each morning it would be ;
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” —Psalm 118:24
Learning to “rejoice” and “be glad” is not always easy however when flying at high-speed on a roller coaster of emotions . . . my heart aches for all those who’ve lost loved ones in all the recent attacks all over the world . . .
I also feel incredible joy for those who’ve experienced the beauty of life along their journey. I just heard of a friend whose daughter got engaged to a wonderful man, and there’s so much joy in their home right now!
Learning how to manage those conflicting emotions—joy, sorrow, pain—and find peace, is not something that I have all figured out. But God has graciously reminded once again today, as I awake to the sweet cuddles and kisses of my beloved dogs, to come back to the moment at hand, to focus on the tasks at hand, and to experience the simple joy of waking up to the sunshine and a new day!
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” — Corrie Ten Boom
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