What is difficult at times is actually practicing spiritual discipline. Today I set out to meditate and pray in my schools prayer garden only to find three drunks occupying the space. One was sleeping, while the other two tried while drifting in and out of loud conversation.
A part of me wanted to push my index finger to my lips and tell them to "shush," while the other part of me wanted to offer to buy them a drink and celebrate life with them. It was my birthday, after all, and it wouldn't have been too unusual to celebrate it in such an intoxicated manner.
Since I would not be able to practice prayer, I decided to practice kindness to these three intoxicated strangers. But, as it turns out, they were too drunk to really focus on any conversation. And so I left them, with a smile in my heart and a silent prayer to God thanking the Creater for their life, my life and the beautiful day.
Sometimes meeting strangers is nothing more then a handshake and a silent prayer in your heart.
Meditate: I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide your commandments from me.
Pray for KC and his friends who sleep on the benches and bar stools in Pasadena today, God grant them safety and happiness.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”