I have a sweet reminder of God's tenderness and ever-present comfort that I would like to share with you.
When my youngest son was an infant and still nursing, my oldest son was just three. When it came time for a feeding, Micah and I would sit in an oversized chair as I held Gabe. Micah would sit quietly and hold his brother's feet while he nursed. Sometimes we would talk. Sometimes we would be quiet. The chair got to be known as the Family Chair.
The quietness and nourishment being given at that time stays with me. I see in it the same spiritual qualities that are available to each of us when we pray.
When we pray, we sit in a mental space with room in thought for everyone we love. We are in the arms of Love. We are safe. We listen and learn of God's peace, grace and permanence. We learn that God is All. We trustingly receive that nourishment from God which, in turn, strengthens us and causes us to grow. Sometimes we talk to God. Sometimes we are quiet and listen. We are settled and in our right place. God is guiding our feet.
"Take from us now the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace." - John Greenleaf Whittier
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016