Yesterday’s word of the day was kathisophilia. I never heard this word referenced and until yesterday I didn’t know it existed but in the daily “word of the day” calendar, there it was kathisophilia. It is defined as “love of sitting down.”  I thought, finally, I have a word, my very own word, validating (rather than mocking) my sacred time in the chair.  What a perfect thought to offer for today. It is okay for you to just sit down to rest and reflect. I was reminded of a story about Rabbi Levi who saw a person running in the street, and asked him, “Why do you run?” He replied, “I am running after my good fortune!” Rabbi Levi tells him, don’t be foolish your good fortune has been trying to chase you, but you are running too fast.  We want to remind you to run less, sit more and think deeper.  Of course I googled kathisophlia. Immediately I learned the word comes from two Greek root words kathizein (“to sit down”), and philia (“to love”.)  But it’s all I discovered. There doesn’t seem to be any additional information about this word.  There’s plenty out there (18,200 results) on kathisophobia– the fear of sitting down but zero on kathisophilia. In my intensive search I discovered another word phronemophobia which is defined as the fear of thinking. So on my own initiative I combined phronemo with philia to make up a new word phronemophilia, “the love of thinking” and then combine kathisophilia with phronempohila, for another new word kathisophronempohila – which I defined as “the love of sitting down to think.” (Perhaps I’ve created a candidate for the word of the year – microphone drops and he walks off the stage)  For you hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’s, I kind of feel your pain, just breathe.  Kathisophronempohila is not that long of a word. Our invitation is simple and easy: run less, sit more and think deeper and be surrounded by goodness by letting God and Christ live in you each day.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Reflection Questions:
What is God doing in your life?
How is Christ living in you today?
What have you been thinking about lately?

Prayer: Holy God, let me tend to my pacing, pausing to rest and reflect.  The world can go on without me for a bit. Let love be where I am and who I’m with.  Let your goodness abound in me. Amen.