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Perfect. Today’s ration is totally perfect for today

AND – – –

it should have been yesterday’s Ration. Once again, God winked, I blinked, and Rations were suddenly all out of sync.

The Bible verse is shouting at me through that tiny page. In fact, it has been shouting at me all day, I just didn’t realize it was a Bible verse that was tidal waving me. I should have. After all, when I finished writing yesterday’s Ration, I prayed last night that God would manah (appoint – prepare) my day today.

I grew restless listening to election news/ads/post. So I turned them off and turned on music while I cleaned the house. Grew restless again and decided to make a grocery run. Radio had on more of that bitterness, evil speaking,wrath, malice, anger clamour that was driving me crazy earlier, so I hit the button to change stations and hit the CD button by mistake. I cried on the way to the store.

God prepared my day. He reminded me to pray for the grocery clerk whose body is broken in so many ways. He opened my door to pray for my neighborhood a little more in-depth. He laughed softly when I saw that I had flipped the Rations. He played a song that made me look up and remember His promises as I went about the rest of my day.

An appointed day by Our Father is so much better than a day of my own devising. Kindness, tenderhearted, forgiving is a much better day. Oh – and the song that surprised me and completed today’s journey – maybe – it will start your own when you let Our Father manah your day..


1942 Daily Ration: ” ‘Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.’~Ep 4:31,32

“We do not have many red-letter days in our lives. Most of life is made up of humdrum duties. Our Lord was aware of this. His life tells us that God is interested in life’s little commonplaces. We need to watch the daily details. Trifling irritations if unresolved pave the way to divorce courts. Minor incidents precipitate great wars. Fidelity in small matters is the guarantee of reliability in larger undertakings. ‘Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.’ (Matt 25:23)

“Neglect of church attendance makes it easy to forget God. We cannot be good Christians in critical moments if we have been poor Christians in ordinary times. People crack under pressure because they did not build up resistance before they need it.

“In this epistle on the glory of the Church, St Paul reminds us to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving. But abstract kindness will not do. I must be kind to somebody. Forgiveness is too general. I must forgive somebody. I cannot begin too soon- – -for Christ’s sake.

“God trusts me beyond what I now am: I trust him beyond what I now see.”



“Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight” ~Ex 29:39

When dawn breaks over the horizon, I am generally still fast asleep.  Hubby, on the other hand, is usually up before the stars have lost a hint of their twinkle and the moon it’s shimmer.  Like day and night, we often are the opposite of each other.  Both composed of Light and dark.  Both created by the same loving hand of our Father.

I read this verse today in the Jewish part of my devotions, and the polarity of it has stuck with me.  Opposite parts of the day – beginning – ending. In Exodus, God is talking about sacrificing  year old lambs twice a day.  Jewish wisdom says that the main purpose behind assigning this ritual to the Jewish people had more to do with time than the act itself.  God wanted to establish a period of time when His people would seek Him out and spend time with Him.  He really wanted them a “sacrifice” of their time.

img_mouseover3God was providing Light to the people that had lost sight Him during their years of captivity.

“For That One was The Light of Truth, which enlightens every person that comes into the world.” Jn 1:

God is like that.  He loves His creations so much that He continually wants to provide more Light for our paths, so that we can make the journey back to Him easily.  Jewish wisdom takes it one step further by stating that when we offer a “sacrifice of time” consistently – not just once in a while or whenever we think of it -but daily, consistently, stopping all else to draw close to Him, He will honor our behavior and call it righteous.

“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Light of the world. Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall find the light of life.” ~Jn 8:12

I am thankful that the Light of Truth continues to shine in these dark times. Lately, there have been newspapers articles, cartoons and memes mocking the people who say that they are “praying” for those who are suffering.  They say that “praying” is not doing anything to solve the problem.  Yet, that is exactly what the Light of Truth came to this world to do.  Jesus showed us how to “sacrifice” our time and seek to “speak through prayer” and “sacrifice our time” to spend with the One who can truly “solve the problem”.

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4 of 7: JOY

HobbitDJ4 of 7: JOY. “The birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of man’s history.” ~ John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)

pictures-by-jrr-tolkien-24-728Today is the day. A day when magic and amazing creatures emerge from their hiding place as the Hobbit returns to the big screen one last time. Did you know that Tolkien was a very staunch Catholic? That he fought in WWI? Had four children (one became a priest), and… at one time…had no idea what a Hobbit was? Did you know that he wrote the series as a warning as he watched the rise of Hitler and hatereds of the 1930’s? JOY was a hard thing to find as the world struggled to recover its balance after “the war to end all wars”.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit“. ~unknown Oxford student of J.R.R. Tolkien written on a blank final exam page.

JOY for a teacher often comes from the students. In this case, the above quote is what started Tolkien on the journey of his life. He had no idea what a hobbit was, but ever curious, he began to wonder, research and “see” the story in another world unfold in his mind. Ancient battle between darkness and light was being re-born  in a new allegory. JOY was born in his children as they listened to his bedtime stories of hobbits and elves and drawfs. JOY to the literary community as story after story bloomed from his soul and pen. JOY to the world as the stories he wrote became classics to generations of children. A story that told his beliefs of right vs wrong – light vs darkness – principalities vs principalities – rebellion of children and their Father.

Tolkien used the word eucatastrohpe to describe the moment when light utterly MS-Tolkien-drawings-28destorys darkness, and righteousness returns to reign over the world once more. God has written a book that could be called “LORD of All Creation”…a story that took shape not only on stone tablets but in our hearts, our minds and our souls as well. He sent JOY to replace the sadness of sin. LOVE to warm the coldness of a stormy night. HOPE to ease our fears and sorrows with a world spinning out of our control. Advent is a time to see the JOY, the LOVE, the HOPE in all things around us and to remember the Son who, though born as lowly as a hobbit, would one day deliver eucastastrophe to the world forever.. (Do you see why Tolkien chose the Hobbit to save the world now?)

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