This morning after squeezing out the last few squirts of a favorite lotion, the mangled container looked a bit worse for wear. Who am I kidding? It looked downright sad, worn out, with nothing left to give…
It reminded me of how I felt some days doing the care-giving gig for my papa and mama. Up several times at night, go-go-going all day, trying to grab a 3 minute shower with splash of makeup amidst never ending needs. (Some days a spray of perfume sufficed.)
Some of you may feel like that now. Not just care-givers but parents looking after children, medical professionals serving on the front lines, teachers giving it their all, researchers working around the clock (the “super-heroes” of vaccines) and everyone who continues to live and give sacrificially for others.
For anyone who is worn out and those of you (myself included) who are “tired of” (there’s so much to be “tired of” a year into the pandemic) here’s a blessing for us today:
“May the God of Tenderness be with you, caressing you with love, gently drawing you into the tenderness of God’s own heart, mellowing you and gentling you as you allow God’s tenderness in you to unfold and blossom. And may the experience of this tender love so transform you, that others become drawn to our God of love. May the blessing of Tenderness be upon you.” (Sister Maria McCoy)
grace, peace & tenderness
Virginia : )