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I am here

Earlier this week, one of my good friends was talking with me about some struggles she’s been having with worry.  She said she has begun starting out her day with the phrase “Right now I am okay.  I have everything I need in this moment.”   How many of us need this gentle reminder that we are safe, that we are okay, that we are protected?  As I prayed about this idea of being present in the moment, a different perspective emerged for me.  The emphasis went from one of being in the present moment, to realizing who was in the present moment with me. 

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Pamela Cross
musical prayers

I was one of those kids who started out early discovering a love of music.  My sisters and I used to listen to my mother’s old records – ancient as they were - and have loads of fun. The three of us would shut the door to our playroom, put on her old and scratched Chubby Checker album and do the twist, laughing and singing along as we danced.  Sometimes we’d even choreograph our own little shows to my grandmother’s favorite guy, Lawrence Welk.  If I had to describe our type of musical play, it was nothing short of joyful…

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Love Revealed

It seems like just yesterday, I was a little girl, crying at the top of the stairs, in need of a little comfort.  One of my earliest memories was a time when I thought I’d gotten too big to have my mother rock me to sleep.  I remember crying at the top of the stairs after being put to bed, and my mother coming to me and asking what was wrong.  When I told her that I was sad that I was too big to rock, she said, “Of course you’re not.” She scooped me up and carried me down the stairs and went right to the old rocker in our living room.  There was a soft light on, and all was quiet in the house.  I snuggled right in, and she hummed a little song to me, and the whole world fell away, in a moment so peaceful, comforting and beautiful, that it lives within me, as a quiet space to go to when the world seems to be moving too fast. 

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Pamela Cross