Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Down Time

I have been “laid up” for the past two and a half weeks after having foot surgery. I have the nice little rolling cart that makes it easy to get around the house, but there’s only so much one can do standing on one foot. Therefore, lots of my time has been spent on the couch with foot elevated. One can only watch so much TV and read so many books, newspapers, etc. I feel like I’ve spent lots of time enjoying the quiet, just looking out the windowsTime to think, reflect, remember. I am choosing to relish this forced down time, to accept it as a blessing. 
If you must look back, do so forgivingly.

If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….gratefully. ~ Maya Angelou

And then, into my inbox this morning…When we release expectation and invite appreciation, all the moments of our lives become openings and opportunities. ~Kristi Nelson (from, Word for the Day.)

I will  thankfully admit my expectations are on the low side. I do expect to get my newspaper delivered every morning (I know, not many people still do this, but I love it!) and I expect the dog to go ballistic when the Fed Ex, UPS or Amazon trucks appear on the street. But more than the expectation, I appreciate these things, how very small. 

What are your expectations this sunny April day? How hard is it for you to drop the expectation part of that and just be appreciative…? 

Gracious God, thank you for all of the openings and opportunities you bring to our lives. Help us to fully open our eyes and hearts to see them, and to be gratefully present in each moment.

Andrea Heshmati
(I would be remiss not to mention that I am also grateful to my in-house nurse and caregiver, who has risen above all expectation during my down time.)