By Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF
I sit alone in my easy chair with my feet up, my glass of iced tea next to me with a good book from the public library. I should be relaxed, but in the pit of my stomach I am uneasy about something and I do not remember what is bugging me. Now I remember. I have financial challenges, and health issues. My friends have family problems and the weather has been wet and gray for weeks. I wish I could stop worrying about whatever is knotting up inside my heart. I don’t want to rest and take time off work. I feel so agitated and helpless. What if things keep getting worse? I do not want to talk to my friends or family. They will worry that I am worried about them.
I take a deep breath, calm myself down a bit and ask my Creator to be present to me during these challenging times. I ask for the gift of peace in my heart. I focus on calming myself down.
I reach for my iced tea, utter a prayer of thanks, and start to read.
What we think will happen usually never does.