Friday 20th March          

Contentedness

Isaiah: 47:1
The Lord called me before I was born,
from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.

“Be content, be content!
We are the Body of Christ!
We have found Him because He has sought us;
God has come to take up his abode in us.
There is nothing further to do except to turn to Him completely,
where He is already present.
Be quiet and see that He is God.”
– Thomas Merton

God is with us in every moment of every day.
Let’s be content, let’s be content.
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My Dad is one of the most contented people I have ever met.
I have never known him to be phased in life by any changing circumstances.
He has the capacity to be content in whatever life sends his way.
When I was a child he was content in his life working on a farm as a shepherd.
He was content to go out in all weathers at all times of the day,
and do what needed to be done in the caring of his sheep.
Later when he was suddenly made redundant and could not find any farm work,
he went to work in the cold store of a factory.
For a man who had worked in the outdoors all his life this was a massive change,
but he took it in his stride, adapted, and was content.
In his retirement he was content in his garden and doing some gardening for others.
Now his health is failing him and he can no longer work his garden,
he is content with a less active and more confined life.

When I was a teenager I could not understand his contentedness:
How could anyone be content to be trapped in the same village all their lives?
Why would he not want something different, something more?
Now in my mid 50’s I have come to understand and yearn for his gift of contentedness,
and, looking back, I can see how rich his life has been just living whatever came his way.
I am so grateful for what he has taught me.
We can spend our lives seeking out and searching for the Pearl of Great Price;
or we can truly open our eyes look at what we have,
realise that we already have what we seek…….
and recognise God’s presence in this moment and be content.