05/22/3018 Dose

FOR TUESDAY     TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 55

“Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.” (Isaiah 55:3a; The Message)

stressful multi-taskingAll the demands of the world can take its toll on our spirits. As the many items on our To-Do lists increase, how easily we can be sucked into a multi-tasking mode which causes us to miss out on God’s “life-giving” and “life-nourishing” words. My Grandpa Jones uses to warn “if you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!”

Isaiah 55 offers us an invitation to abundant life. However, to fully experience the blessings God has prepared for us, we need to be willing to draw near to God so that we might “listen carefully.” We cannot give our full attention when we are so distracted by everything else. To stop the madness in our lives, we are invited to trust in God, experiencing the grace found in being present and listening in love.

PRAYER: “O Sabbath rest of Galilee!  Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.” Amen [adapted from “Serenity” by John Greenleaf Whittier, United Methodist Hymnal #400]

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