I will leave as a remnant in your midst
a people humble and lowly,
Who shall take refuge in my name.
From Zephaniah 3:12
The people and events around me have affected me quite tangibly all of my life. Though external forces never dictate my responses, they do provide the opportunity for me to react. This is the reason I enjoy walking outdoors so much. It seems that every aspect of Creation has something to say to me when I take the time to listen. When I walk indoors, those I pass unwittingly speak to me as well. Their smallest gesture, smile or grimace gives me something to think about. I’m so grateful for the inspiration I find in these interactions that I don’t leave them to chance. Every morning, I start my day with a passage from a favorite devotional. The featured writers who share themselves so generously fuel me for the day ahead regardless of their topics. When I cannot make the time to walk, these writers energize me as I start my day.
As you know, I express gratitude for the inspiration I find around me in my own writing. Some time ago, a dear friend encouraged me to get my writing “out there.” She insisted that my words fueled her spirit and that I could do the same for many others. Though I questioned my dear friend’s judgment, I listened. Now, I enjoy the inspiration in my life twice, once when it surfaces and once again when I share it with you.
Thank you, God, for the many awesome people who inspire me with their goodness and for the wonder of Creation which does the same. As we prepare for Christmas together, help each of us to use our unique gifts to inspire those you have given us to love.
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