For the rest of my life….
What will I do with the rest of my life?
Weeks ago my pastor preached a sermon on this. The topic was both amusing and serious. Amusing because there isn’t that much left of ‘the rest of my life.’ On the other hand, given my health this past year, I’ve asked myself almost every day: What am I (now) going to do for the rest of my life?
Our pastor challenged us to listen for God’s whispers. Neon signs up in the sky might be nice, but God is rarely in the neon signs up in the sky…my words, not my pastor’s.
So I went home thinking this over, wondering how the whisper of God might come to me.
Several days later I pulled out a Yogi tea bag to make a cup of ginger tea. Like Chinese fortune cookies, every Yogi tea bag has a little saying on it.
To my surprise, this tag said simply, “Let your heart speak to others’ hearts.”
I almost threw it out with the tea bag, but in a moment of sanity, pulled it off and decided to think about this for a while. Was this a whisper from God?
In God’s defense (as though God needs it!), I think every day of my life includes whispers from God. The question is whether I’m listening for even one of them. So no, I don’t think this was some sudden miracle. After all, I’d already used scores of teabags, some doubtless with exactly this saying attached.
I was expecting a lightning bolt idea that might mean changing my current direction. In other words, doing something other than blogging about my life.
Instead, it’s as simple as sharpening my focus so that I’m intentionally letting my heart speak to other hearts. Directly. As I’ve already done, though perhaps in a different mode?
In July, I jotted down words my heart loves to hear from other hearts, along with words my heart wants to say to other hearts. For example:
- Forgive me.
- I forgive you.
- How is it with your soul today? Would you like to tell me about it?
- Thank you for what you did for me. It meant a lot to know you cared.
- Is there something I can do for you right now?
- No words at all, just silent presence
- I’d like to pray for you. Is there something you’d like me to pray about?
- It’s great to see you today! How are you?
- I’m so glad our paths crossed. I hope we’ll see each other again.
I could go on, but would rather hear from you. What are some words you’re hungry to hear? And what about words your heart wants to say to other hearts, whether you’re able to get them out or not?
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 24 September 2016
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