My word for the week is “Preparation.” I’m preparing to send the manuscript for The Way of Belle Coeur to the publisher very soon. I’m editing, fine-tuning, and adding final touches.
I’m preparing my vestments. I must take them to the cleaners so they’ll be ready to pack next week when I go to Philadelphia for the Women’s Ordination conference. After the conference I’ll be a presider at an ordination of women bishops in Pendle Hill. I’m also preparing a presentation I’ll offer to the ARCWP community of women priests while I’m there.
Today, I’m preparing materials for a writing retreat I’m co-facilitating in Iowa right after the ordination. This wonderful event will be immediately followed by a Belle Coeur reunion retreat. There will be another Belle Coeur retreat in November and the river of blessings continues to flow…
As autumn, the season of harvest and abundance begins, I’m also preparing inwardly to stay mindful, prayerful and centered in the midst of packing, unpacking, journeying. I pray to be present to the blessings of conversations with old and new friends, the opportunity to share my work, and the possibility to learn something new along the way.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with so many “to dos” and all the preparation. However, I’m trying on a new spiritual practice…very new for me. When I feel myself sinking into fatigue from all the preparation, I take a deep breath, and exhale the mantra, “I have all the time I need. I am witnessing life and God’s miracles.” So far it’s working.
It’s been said that God, after all, is in the details. I pray to stay present and alert to catch glimpses of grace in the little moments that make up each day. Meanwhile, the leaves are beginning to turn. Now there’s a miracle I don’t want to miss!
How are you preparing inwardly and outwardly for autumn’s blessings? What is the prayer, phrase, affirmation, mantra that will be life-giving and sustaining for you in the weeks ahead?