Devotion: Why Was I Given This Day?
This devotion was shared by NLC bass Tim Sheie prior to rehearsal on January 13th.
If you have not already encountered the Irish writer John O’Donohue, I recommend him to you. From one of his meditations on blessing, let’s set aside tonight’s preparations for a moment, quiet ourselves down and reflect on the day:
What dreams did I create last night?
Where did my eyes linger today?
Where was I blind?
Where was I hurt without anyone noticing?
What did I learn today?
What did I read?
What new thoughts visited me?
What differences did I notice in those closest to me?
Whom did I neglect?
Where did I neglect myself?
What did I begin today that might endure?
How were my conversations?
What did I do today for the poor and the excluded?
Did I remember the dead today?
Where could I have exposed myself to the risk of something different?
Where did I allow myself to receive love?
With whom today did I feel most myself?
What reached me today? How deep did it imprint?
Who saw me today?
What did I avoid today?
And... from the evidence, why was I given this day?
The Lord be with you.