In these hard days I’m digging deep to find blessing. It’s all around me, I know, yet the bits and pieces seem to float around me like feathers on a breeze. Wispy. Fleeting. So as I dig I rejoice in the treasures unearthed. The trust of an aging dog. The rich red of the maple leaves around my neighborhood. The melodious sonnet as I turn a page, and the lilting aria arising from the gardening purging the remnant of the harvest. All around me is blessing. I savor it and deposit it in the bank of my strength and my resolve. I catch hold of it and dance with it so that the memory of my muscles can recall the truth of these things that matter. This day, I dig for blessing. This day I savor the findings. This day I prepare for the work ahead. Tomorrow will come with its challenges, and even in the midst of them there will be blessing. It is that I seek, to keep my grounding in the heart of God.
Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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