“[Jesus] woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to
the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead
calm” (Mark 4:39).
sunrise gets later and later and television ads proclaim, “It’s the
Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” I sense a disturbance in the force.
And I have an uncontrollable urge to buy No. 2 pencils, even though I
don’t need any. It’s that time again.
The first verse of a classic rock song may explain that disconcerting feeling:
Up in the morning and out to school.
The teacher is teaching the Golden Rule,
American History, Practical Math.
You’re studyin’ hard hoping to pass.
Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone.
The guy behind you won’t leave you alone.
(“School Days” by Charles Berry, 1957)
I work 40-plus hours a week in an office, and often in airports and
hotels, that song painted an accurate picture of a typical day in my
life. Perhaps a snapshot of a day in your life looks a lot like mine
Mornings are often a scrambling scurry to get up, get fed,
dressed and out the door. As we encounter conflicts in various
situations, the Golden Rule itself is the teacher. American History—we
are living it even as you read this. Practical Math—have you really
balanced your checkbook? We work our fingers and brain cells right down
and up to the bone. And there is that person behind you in traffic
honking her horn because you aren’t ready to pounce as soon as the
traffic light changes.
Life is our teacher, and class is always
in session. But we don’t have to be pushed through life at a manic
pace. We can choose to slow down.
As an undergraduate student, I
attended a university that maintained the 18-week semester long after
others had changed to the 12-week quarter system. We students had the
gift of time: time to learn and time to enjoy what we were learning;
time to goof off and make mistakes; and time to recover and finish
Our days on the journey in Christ with one another can
be enjoyable, despite the flurry and obstacles we encounter along the
way. By starting with 20 minutes of meditation and prayer in the
morning, you can begin the day with stillness and dead calm, and be
ready for all that the day, and ultimately life, will bring.
A former parishioner told me after he tried it: “I felt as if I had just had a massage.”
may not be able to change the wind, but we can adjust the sails. May
the calm that Christ brought to stormy seas be yours as you go on your
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