I read this quote from Scott Stoner of The Living Compass Organization last week. What we pay attention to, what we feed, what we nurture, what we harbor, what we speak, what we do, will be our greatest harvest.

My children and spouse will tell you that I am an eternal optimist and that the glass is 90% full even if it looks empty. There is a quote about faith being the things hoped for but not seen. Investors, entrepreneurs and explorers of the ages know this.

Invest in the stock market and your money should more often than not grow…especially over the last year. Invest time and love in your family and it will most likely blossom. Speak love and kindness on the internet and it will be there forever.

The reverse is obviously true as well. Nurturing anger, hate, rudeness, resentment, despair, sarcasm and neglect will lead us into the desert of darkness. What we neglect will die. Neglect the dark side and nurture the light and all will be well…mostly.

You know where this article is headed. I often complain and hear others complain that God no longer speaks to them. We do not sense God’s presence in our lives anymore. We no longer find our spirits nurtured in Church (Well in that matter, I must say that I do!). Well, I can vouch for the fact that when I begin my day in prayer and listening for God’s voice, my faith blossoms. When I ignore God, and focus on my calendar or checkbook first, then my spiritual life suffers.

The routine of daily prayer is one that Jesus practiced and offered to us in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” which in fact is the “Disciples Prayer” for they were the ones who asked Jesus to teach them to pray. “Give us today our daily bread!” “Give us on this day enough to eat on this day!” That means we will have to pray tomorrow and each day for our daily bread and this has echoes back to when God provided enough Manna in the wilderness for each day. This was important to those living in the Wilderness of scarcity.

We however, we tend to live in a “wilderness of overabundance,” whether it be food, clothing, shelter (“How many rooms can we be in at one time after all?”), work, schedules, entertainment or simple “busy-ness,” etc. We need to practice the art of letting go and “watering what needs watering” and that begins with letting go of our schedule until we have prayed and asked God to let us know what God wants of us that day. Martin Luther was known to say, “I have so much to do today, I will have to pray until noon!”

Water your prayer life if you feel your spiritual life withering.

Water your service to others, if you feel hungry for something.

Water your worship by joining a place of Worship.

“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.” I Corinthians 13.12 KJV. Rev. Shumard is priest in charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper. You may contact him at jshumie@aol.com.

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