After a disruptive phone conversation, a jittery kind of energy continued lingering within. Unable to find focus, I plotted and piddled, either way, I merely wasted time without doing anything I value because sometimes there is nothing you can do but wait it out and see what happens.  It didn’t take long before I providentially stumbled upon a Parker Palmer quote.  In Healing the Heart of Democracy he writes, “Heart comes from the Latin cor and points not merely to our emotions but to the core of the self, that center place where all of our ways of knowing converge — intellectual, emotional, sensory, intuitive, imaginative, experiential, relational, and bodily, among others. The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human. Cor is also the Latin root from which we get the word courage. When all that we understand of self and world comes together in the center place called the heart, we are more likely to find the courage to act humanely on what we know.” Today my attention was attracted to the understanding of self and finding courage to act humanely.
I’m not sure I can coherently communicate my thoughts in 300 words.  So let me say it this way. What I know is that pausing to self-reflect offers me the opportunity to claim how to best participate in my reactivity or responsiveness to this or any difficulty situation, to distrustful people or even simple misunderstanding.  As I better understand myself, I am more willing and positioned to act with courage – to act with heart. I’m apt to live as God created me to be.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:10 
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Reflection Questions:
Who is the most courageous person in your life?
How can you cultivate your courage?
What do you think is going to happen after the election?

Prayer:  Holy God, when I can’t claim or when I won’t cultivate my courage to live as you desire for me, help me to pause and find my center place. Help me to live more Christ-like.  Amen.

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