Archive for the ‘November 2014’ Category

Are We Drowning in Noise?

November 26, 2014

I was at my favorite food coop last night.  I had a lively discussion with the manager about the volume of the music.  I told him that at times it was so loud that I couldn’t concentrate on my grocery list and just wanted to leave.  He was a good listener and said that he would turn the volume down and bring it to someone’s attention.  They were very busy and I did not give it too much more thought and went about my business.  I was standing in the vitamin aisle and all of a sudden my entire body relaxed and just melted into the floor.  They had turned down the music.  Then something magical happened.  I could hear this cacophony of human voices and the sounds of a bustling market.  It really was magical.

Are the sounds of life drowning in noise?

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A Cup of Tea

November 20, 2014

I had tea yesterday with a cherished long time friend.  She introduced me to this wonderful tea shop.  As we were sitting there catching up over our pot of tea I was experiencing so many different levels of our fellowship.  The tea was wonderful and it reminded me of the calm that is so lacking in our everyday busyness.  The tea brings you down, but in a very good way.  The taste and the smoothness, the aroma.  The subtlety of the small tea cups and the small portion of tea.  The “just right” temperature of the water and the “just right” steeping time.

Do we long for “just right”?  Can we find that place in our soul that is “just right”?  I often see that place as water finding its level.  Still water that is disturbed slightly will find its level relatively quickly.  In contrast, the oceans after a hurricane are disturbed for a much longer time.  We may have to walk through a lot of pain and discomfort to find the “just right” place, but it is there to be found.  Pray for patience and perseverance.