Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

A Praying Spirit: Why Not Now?

posted by mpratt

pic for website 2012As we get back into our regular routines in the new year, I’m thinking of how I will incorporate more prayer into my days. If I look at some of the blocks on my calendar, full of doctor’s visits and other appointments, I might be inclined to think that I’ll have to wait until I have more quality, spare moments in which to talk to God.

But in the Spirit of prayer, and especially as I look at an already busy year, a question nudges out the  “noise” of appointments:

Why not now?

It’s a powerfully simple question, but one with great implications. Why now, indeed, pray in traffic (we probably do this, already!), in line at the store, as we fold laundry, feed the cat, brush our teeth?

Yes, why not pray now?

That’s the spirit!

Blessings for today – and this brand new year!

Maureen

A Praying Spirit: Keep Light

posted by mpratt
Image courtesy of bigjom/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of bigjom/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

After Christmas, we take down our tree and the lights that adorn it. We stow away our Advent wreath, and perhaps stow away partially-used candles. We remove decorations, including lights around our windows and doors. And we might find the result of all of this clearing Christmas activity to be barren. Bleak. Even perhaps a bit depressing.

But in the midst of a darker surrounding, we still have the light of Christ within us. In fact, as our worship and celebration of this Christmas time has shown us, we have more than just a little flicker of a flame. In prayer and faith, we have a whole blaze of enthusiasm, appreciation, and joy at the birth of Our Lord, God’s promise fulfilled.

So, as you pray after Christmas, remember the light within you. Let it warm you, illuminate your thoughts, and kindle a fire in your actions.

Hallelujah! He is born!

Maureen

Joy to the World!

posted by mpratt

CrecheforblogThrough the darkness, a light shines. It is the light of God’s love, the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Today, Christmas, may this glorious light illuminate your heart and soul, bring peace ot you and your loved ones, and spread God’s redeeming, everlasting love throughout the world.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

Peace,

Maureen

TLC Tuesday: If You’re Working through the Holidays

posted by mpratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicSo often, we hear about “holidays” and “vacations” in the same breath that we forget that so many people might not be so fortunate as to have time off this week or next. There are the obvious workers : the first responders, servicemen and women, and medical professionals for whom work does not take a holiday (nor can the). There are also the members of the clergy, church musicians, and others who combine faith with work and for whom Christmas is a highly-busy, energetic time to not only worship but, also, labor.

If you are juggling a chronic illness with work and the holidays, you’re probably feeling more stress and pressure than usual. And even if you don’t have health challenges, it can be difficult to raise a joyful voice and sing “Hallelujah!” (except, perhaps to herald the end of the frantic holiday season!).

For those who work, this TLC Tuesday I’d like to gently encourage you to take a break however you can. Step back, sit down, and breathe. Do invite the simple message of Christmas into your heart, let it dwell there, and let its comfort and love bring you peace even if you have to work hard throughout December 25 and beyond.

If you’re working this week and next – thank you for your labors! You are in my prayers and, no doubt, you are in the hearts of those whom you serve.

Joy and peace,

Maureen

Previous Posts

Chronic Pain and Illness: How We Do It All
When I talk with people about what I do, their response is frequently, "How do you fit it all into a day?" My response, generally, is, "I don't." The concept of "a day" is v

posted 7:17:48pm Jan. 27, 2015 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Snowed In But Not Snowed Under
As I write this, a light breeze is tickling the fronds of the palm trees outside my window. The sun is shining - a bright spot after some gentle rain last night. It's warm enough

posted 7:03:34pm Jan. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Song of the Sea
Oh, wow, what a wonderful movie is "Song of the Sea!" The story, animation,acting, and music all combine to make a beautiful and moving story lyrically laced with Irish folklore

posted 11:47:41pm Jan. 26, 2015 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: We Are (Aware of) the World
Many chronic illnesses impose restrictions on our ability to move about freely in the world "at large." Whether because of mobility issues, sight or hearing problems, or, as

posted 5:25:38am Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: The Void in Your Life
Sometimes, pain becomes so overwhelming that it closes out every ounce of strength and light that we might once have felt. And, into their place, there is a void. A void of light. A void of will. A void of hope. The pain can suffocate and keep us down. Yes, it can prevent us from physically moving f

posted 11:33:56pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.