A Short Tale Of Two Solitudes

October 25, 1997
by Kenn Stright

Matthew 6:28-30 – Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?

Two worlds are represented in my household at this moment. They are as different as night and day.

I took a moment to sit and share with my brother-in-residence that I had come to the end of my rope. It was Saturday afternoon and I had just finished an 84 hour week that had no nights free and less than half a day left to revitalize before I began again the next morning.

He looked at me and quietly said he hadn't had an hour of meaningful work that entire week and then asked which of us I'd rather be?

I didn't need to answer but I have two prayers. The first is for those who feel they are run off their feet. The second is for those who have been out of work for a long time.

Prayer: Lord, lead me to a path of still water where I might quench my thirst for a quiet moment and then simply have time to be still.

God, grant me meaningful work to do, a joy in living life to the full, and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, whatever the day may bring.

Both prayers I offer in the name of Jesus Christ who is my way, my truth, and my life. Amen.

About the author:

Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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