From the mouth of babes (a conversation with Trey yesterday)
"Mom, are there beds in heaven?"
"What do you think?"
"I don’t know, but I think I will be sad if I can ‘t have my pillow and blanket in heaven."
"Well, we can’t take stuff like pillows and blankets when we die, huh?"
"Nope. Can we take anything?"
"We can? Like what?"
"Everything that is in our heads and everything that is in our hearts."
"Oh, yeah, that’s right."
"So what does that mean Trey?"
[thinks for a minute]
"That means (pointing to his head) we should learn as much as we can, and (pointing to his heart) love as much as we can"
"You know what Trey?"
"If people did what you just said, our world would be a happier place"
and, I might add … better prepared for Heaven.
I love Sundays by the way — and technically, I mean the sabbath.
Several people have emailed and said very nice things lately and asked
how I do everything I do. I’ve been pondering this and I believe it has
a LOT to do with the fact that I try my best to observe the sabbath –
not just by going to church, but by setting it aside, as different than
other days. A day to "rest" from my usual labors, a day to shift my
focus to spiritual things — to walk, read, listen, pray and think
about my relationship with God and others. Trust me, it’s not that I
get to hole up by myself in a quiet room or anything — I’m still very
much in the throws of family life — which means there is work to do. I
cook meals, and clean up dishes. I bake cookies or brownies — which I
love to do. I iron and straighten and plan and prepare. I often take
naps (I ignore the voice that tells me I have to much to do, and I lay
down in broad daylight and drift off to sleep — talk about
indulgences!) Mostly, I shift my thoughts — I think about how I am doing as a
mother (not to feel guilty) but to assess what I do well and what I
want to do better. I think about my goals and my potential and I
sometimes write down things I’ve been observing and learning. When Monday morning
comes around I feel refreshed and I feel a stronger sense of balance in
Geof and I get to teach 10 and 11 year-olds in sunday school,
where we are learning stories from the Old Testament — "Keeping the
sabbath day holy" isn’t a new idea and yet I think it is one of those
things that too many people consider out-dated, unecessary or just "too
religious," when, like many other commandments, it carries with it a
promised blessings which readily flow into your life when observed. I
love the predictability of our Sunday rituals and the wonderful way in
which this day begins our week.
What do you do to refresh and recharge and restore balance?
I found this quote today and really like it. I’ve got some decisions to make in the next several weeks and it reminds me of what I already know, but sometimes forget.
There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that is supports truth, health, happieness, wisdom, and love, it’s the right choice. -Angeles Arrien
good "think BIG" stuff.
p.s. Just re-read what I wrote and thought, there might not be beds in heaven, but there are wonderful Heavenly Beds at Westin hotels across the world — have no idea what just made me think of that! Definitely time for bed.