By Mary Sayad

  • Shaken and Stirred

    Sometimes things defy logic, I must confess
    While baking a pie,
    I burned my dress
    I put out the flame
    And assumed all the blame

    Then while mopping my floor
    My husband opened the door
    He slipped on the shine
    And screamed oh so fine!

    Shortly thereafter
    Quiet was my rapture

    But I didn't have a clue
    As to which I should do
    When together the telephoned chimed
    The baby woke with a cry
    And the doorbell rang demandingly

    Ah, how short the sublime of
    My quiet time!

    Who knew a mouse would sneak
    Into my house
    To invade
    The pantry and groceries

    I screeched with dismay
    While driven by fear
    I sought it copiously

    But the fear
    That was there
    Somehow disappeared
    For the damage was already done

    With my energy depleted
    I knew that I needed
    A favorite secret delight

    I reached high on the shelf
    Found that hidden dark chocolate
    And shamelessly ate it myself!

    2005 Mary Sayad


    Beloved Friends,

    We can all relate to days in our lives where anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Although it is at a home setting, the above poem is an example of potential daily frustrations, otherwise known as "bad hair days". You havn't lived if you've never experienced something similar or worse either at home or your work place. You may have solved one problem when another more challenging problem suddenly arises. Frequently, time is of the essence, yet obstacles need to be overcome and situations rectified. Our patience is tried and the adrenalin is flowing!

    During our trials of stress and distress when we lose our composure and confidence, it's natural to wish that someone would magically appear to alleviate our problems and give us a clear solution towards calm and order. The crisis is calling us to draw from our spirituality and to increase our trust and confidence in the Lord. As we pursue the Lord through Jesus and Mary, we become unified in grace. In the face of a timely catastrophe, our peace which is the peace of Christ, will provide us with the tools to resolve our immediate problem. With God on our side, both the tiniest and the most problematic situation may be resolved with poise, confidence and patience.

    Foster a passionate pursuit of spiritual wisdom through the Holy Spirit by living the Gospels and practicing the virtues. As we endeavor to apply this profound thought into our hearts and minds, our peace will be unshaken especially in the face of chaos.

    For Guidance- Joshua 1:8 "Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your goal."

    For Confidence- Romans 8:31 "What shall we say after to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

    For Strength- Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground."

    Let the Holy Spirit guide you through Jesus and Mary. Please continue to pray for world peace, our troops and their families. Thank you.

    Your companion in prayer,