1. The Lancaster Emergency Women’s Winter Shelter. I am grateful that my church and so many organizations in Lancaster participate in making sure the program is staffed with volunteers throughout the winter. It’s cold out there, and dangerous at night. The motto for the program is “Safe. Warm. Dry.”
2. Baked oatmeal with mixed berries for supper on a cold night.
3. The Here and Now piece yesterday on NPR about the hyenas of Harar, Ethiopia, and the man who feeds them. When the city was built in the 13th century, low entry passages were left in the thick walls, so the hyenas could come and go throughout the city.
4. Getting enough sleep. I lost sleep over the weekend because I did a shift at the shelter, but I have had time for naps, and lately I fall right back to sleep when I wake in the night. I even struggle to wake up in the mornings instead of my body pushing me out of bed at 4. I will receive this with gratitude for as long as it lasts.
5. Sunday’s sermon. Live with a belief in abundance: I have abundant time, sleep, resources to accomplish my Work. There is enough for all of us. The church has certainly twisted and skewed this concept over time: to believe in abundance is to believe that God will make you wealthy, to exploit the earth for material resources. I have responded to that erroneous thinking by shifting to a sometimes scrimping frugality that has me living with a sense of scarcity, of never having enough time, enough sleep, enough resources–and that pushes me into a hoarding spirit, not just of stuff, but of time and spirit–and this can be paralyzing. Writing these gratitude lists has helped me to learn to appreciate the abundance of my life. The words on Sunday helped me to look at how I can deepen that belief and live into the wildness of that.
May we walk in Beauty!