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March 14


How's your ash? - we begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 94 says, "When many cares fill my mind, your consolations cheer my soul."

We can get overwhelmed by information from the Internet, television, radio, social media, print media (what's that?), and too much noise from well-meaning friends – somehow it all seems to demand our attentions and energies! Now, it is not all bad news, but even when the reports are good, it feels like an onslaught. My brain is sometimes stuffed to a head-exploding level. And none of this considers my personal worries about school, my job, family, finances, and health. My mind needs a rest. But it never turns off!

Talking with friends sometimes ramps up the monkey-mind towards chattering drama. Therapists and spiritual directors are good listeners. I sometimes talk to God, but the conversation stays in my head.  That is when I journal and journaling for me is the best breather. When I write my prayers of personal concern, my mind releases the burden of carrying all the weight. I write a personal letter to God, and now my mind is clear because I can wait for God's answer. When I stop talking, God can then get a word in…and that word can be comforting.

Jeremiah writes, "For the sake of your lives, take care that you do not bear a burden on the sabbath day" (17:21). Take a mental rest and write a letter to God.

Today, with Jesus' help, may we find a moment to quieten our minds, pull ourselves up and continue our day in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.