All Saints Messenger - June 1, 2017

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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, June 1

Psalm 105:5  Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders and the judgments of his mouth.

Last summer my husband and I spent a night on Loch Lomond in Scotland. I was outside the restaurant where we had dinner, taking a picture of a rainbow over the lake, when a young woman hurried out to take the same photo. In the brief moment we shared, she told me, "I lost my son five years ago, and whenever I see a rainbow, it reminds me there is still hope." She snapped her picture and returned to the dining room.
The woman became another on my list of inspiring people who have dealt with agonizing loss and who have chosen to remember, along with the pain, the wonderful things God has done. Many times I drift into a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" mode. I can forget that choosing to remember "consolation" as well as "desolation" (to use Ignatian terms) is key to spiritual and psychological health.

Anne Lamott's book  Help, Thanks, Wow, reminds us to rejoice in the rainbows along with honoring our grief by praying through both kinds of things. The psalmist offers wise counsel, "Remember the marvels he has done."

MOVING FORWARD: Keep a list of your "Help! Thanks! Wow!" moments. Use them during your evening prayer time.