Y’all are familiar with my philosopher grandsons who are now teenagers, but unfortunately I don’t see them as often as I’d like. So, I’ve been searching for other philosophers to draw wisdom, and I think I found a candidate. He’s the man who maintains the locker room at the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte. He always is talking about being” blessed” and what a wonderful day it even if it is like today – cold and rainy.
Today a man asked him, “Do you ever feel like you are leaving a place, and you have left something important?” The answer was spontaneous, “Of course, and when that happens you need to sit for a minute, take a deep breath, and let your brain take a rest.” Then he went about his cleaning.
Lenten meditation and prayer is much like my philosopher’s point. We need to take time in every day to let our heart and soul take a rest. Set your anxieties and worries to the side and let your body, mind, and spirit take a moment. It doesn’t necessarily have to happen in a big comfortable chair, but it helps. God appears in unusual places – in the smell of honeysuckle, in a daffodil peeking through a crack in the sidewalk, or in the smile of a young child. Meditation and prayer can also happen anywhere — in a long hot shower, a walk in the park, or for me it used to occur on the bus on the way to work. God is ready to listen to your silent conversation whenever and wherever you whisper.