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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness, Dining Out, and Holy Thursday

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For those who are healthy, dining out can be pure pleasure. You get to select from a wide array of foods, you don’t have to labor in the kitchen to prepare your meal, and you don’t have to clean up afterwards! Yes, you do have to pay for the privilege of eating in a restaurant, but that really is a “small price” to pay for what is usually a positive experience.

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For those of us with chronic illness, especially if we are immune-compromised due to our disease or the medications we take, eating out poses sometimes steep challenges. Often, we have to ask specifically about ingredients and method of preparation before ordering our meal, and even then, we might have to limit ourselves significantly. We look upon silverware, glasses, and other serving utensils and vessels with a critical eye so that we don’t accidentally get something that isn’t clean (and even then, we probably make liberal use of our supply of handwipes!). We might even have to ask for a change of table or server, if we detect that someone nearby (or the person who is supposed to serve us) is ill.

Yes, we do have challenges!

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But, still, eating out, even for the chronically ill, can be a wonderful experience, if we focus on the real reason we do it – sharing a meal with friends.

I am reminded of this on Holy Thursday, especially, and the intimate meal in an upstairs room where Jesus broke bread, shared wine, and gave us Eucharist. For all of the trauma to come, and for all of the undercurrent of betrayal that was in the room, the presence of love, communion, and grace was and still is nourishment for more than just earthly bodies!

As we share meals this week and in the days and years to come, let’s remember that there is food other than what is on our plate. Food for the soul, in a meal shared, despite our physical restrictions, is a blessing well worth our love!

Peace,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Be Veronica

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t. Veronica is said to have lived in the first century A.D., and according to early accounts, she took pity on Jesus as he made his way to Calvary and wiped his face tenderly with her veil. Afterward, according to the stories, an imprint of Jesus’ face appeared permanently on that piece of cloth.

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Veronica’s story does not appear in the gospels that we read in church today. However, her act of compassion, even if it never happened, is a beautiful example of someone reaching out to someone in pain, even if that person’s pain will not be eased in the long run. I look upon Veronica’s action as one of the first Christian examples of compassionate care for someone who is going to die.

On TLC Tuesdays, I usually talk about ways that we can be more kind and gentle with ourselves. Our daily lives can often be so full of responsibilities and work for others, that we might forget or neglect that we should also be caring toward ourselves.

However, on this TLC Tuesday, I am turned outward, toward the example set forth by Veronica, and reminded to reach out in prayer, at least, if not in action, to those around me whose health will probably not get better or who are very near the end of their earthly lives.  In this way, the imprint of Christ that is on our hearts will show boldly and plainly to those around us – and bring to all a greater peace and comfort.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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Food For Thought: Back to Basics

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A very blessed Holy Week to you!

There certainly are many bible-based movies, television programs, and other works making the rounds this week. Whether another telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, or other stories taken from the New or Old Testament, I cannot remember another Holy Week where so many different treatments have reached the airwaves and theaters, not to mention the newspapers, internet, and bookshelves.

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I suppose part of this is because, simply, people will tune in; media companies produce what they believe the public will watch and sponsors will support.

But, too, I think it is that today’s world is so very troubled that many people crave something better, more hopeful, and deeply spiritual. Although it is hard to watch the Passion of Our Lord because of the utter cruelty and pain he suffered, the result – the Resurrection – makes for an uplifting end and new beginning for all of us of faith.

Which leads me to the point of this installment of Food for Thought. I might tune in to a couple of the programs that will air this week, but more than that, I plan to spend a lot of time in prayer, reflection, and meditatin on the basics – the actual Word. I want to cultivate that connection between the bible pages and my eyes and draw the meaning written on them into my heart and soul. It’s hard to do that when you’re interrupted by commercials or distracted by how the actors look or what other production values a particular program has.

So, for me, it’s back to basics – and forward into Holy Week.

Blessings to you at this blessed time!
Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

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Maureen Pratt Author PicPerhaps you’re tired. Bone-weary. Angry. Deeply torn. Spiritually dry.

Perhaps it’s taken a long time to admit it, but now you do.

You don’t feel like praying.

Are you a bad person? Sinning for saying it? Hopelessly lost?

Not at all. God still and always will love you, and He knows how deeply you are hurting, torn, arid like the proverbial desert.

So, if you don’t feel like talking today, or any time, that’s all right, because God will still talk to you. And He’ll bring you His comfort and peace, His love and grace.

God is that friend who is a friend even when you don’t feel like saying anything. Just sitting. Relaxing.

In His presence, in the stillness, God speaks to you.

Peace,

Maureen

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