I enjoy Monday mornings.  Ordinarily, my desk is neat and my office de-cluttered. Yes, there are a few piles here and there but I’m delaying the inevitable – which pile goes to the recycle and which to the trash? There is almost nothing on my to-do-list and the office is peaceful. I value entering the work week with calmness and purpose.  I very rarely ever scheduled meetings or appointments on Mondays.  I say that because that gives me a free day to scheduled meeting and appointments as needed.  (A twisted logic but works for me.)

Nothing out of the ordinarily occurred yesterday but somehow the day got ahead of me and before I knew it lunchtime had come and gone. A pile of papers and a few articles still needed to be read before heading home. I had a phone call at 3:00 pm with my good friend and colleague Laurie Kraus, coordinator of Presbytery Disaster Assistance. The call was lengthy and in a sense very productive, but without any product.

Then there was dinner prep.  We had a delightful meal on the lanai. I had no responsibility for cleaning up… yea! So, off to watch “Official Secrets” which lasted 20 minutes before the leak in the kitchen facet became too noticeable to ignore any longer. Climbing under a sink is no fun and yet three out of four of us gather contemplating the issue and scratching our heads. Tightening up the nuts did not work. So by consensus, the facet was removed (and yes we turned off the water – I’ve made that mistake a few times) and a trip to the store was planned for tomorrow afternoon.

The fourth Wismer came bouncing into the kitchen, interested enough (but not really) to see what was going on and in a matter of fact tone said…  “I didn’t get your reading for today?”  Looking at Karen, who had a snicker on her face, I immediately replied, it must have been a server issue. I’ll have to check on that tomorrow. Without hesitation, off went the fourth Wismer back into the fourth Wismer’s space.

That’s how I’m explaining the lack of yesterday’s reading.  It was a computer glitch. Blaming the computer seems to always work. However, it’s not true.  Somedays are just like yesterday.  They get away from you.

Even though I had good intentions, my good intentions were not enough.  So perhaps that’s what I offer you today… good intentions only go so far and we need more than merely good intentions.

Scripture Reading:  1 John 5:3-5
 “For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Reflection Questions:
What have you been intending to do but have not yet done?
What faith-filled actions are burdensome to you?
What problem do you believe we should conquer?

Prayer:
Holy God, motivate me to move beyond good intentions to embody faithful acts and attitudes.  Let me participate in overcoming the divisive problems of today by being more obedient in loving you with my whole being and loving others as you invite me to love myself. Amen.

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