Where this quote originated I’m not entirely sure. And the internet was not much help in assigning it an author. Various versions of it seem to have flourished throughout the last several centuries. But I know where it comes from in my life. My Papa. These words could be heard rolling off the eloquent tongue of my grandfather quite often. It was his “go to” phrase. He was fond of it and had a keen awareness of exactly when to insert it where it would be most beneficial. At a crucial time of stress and sorrow in my own life, he called all those in our proximity to prayer and he uttered these words: Let us practice the presence of Jesus. I’m telling you, instant peace; instant calm.
Practice the presence of Jesus.
In other words (as if it needs an explanation), if Jesus were here with you now, how would that change the challenge that you’re facing? How would that alter your perspective and therefore alter your thoughts and actions? This results…
I do not like it when it rains but I still have things to do. When it rains I like to do video games. Video games help your hand muscles get more muscular. Video games are fun. I like doing video games with other people.
Another thing I do on a rainy day is read. Reading is enjoyable. Reading is educational. Reading is exciting.
The other thing I do on a rainy day is rest. Rest is good for your body. Rest can help you destress. Rest is my favorite thing to do on a rainy day. Thank you for hearing what I do on a rainy day.
Today our family had the opportunity to attend my husband's unit's "Casing of the colors" ceremony, which most army units/brigades do in preparation for deployment. It was a well-attended ceremony held at our brigade's parade field. Many of the soldiers from all of the units in our brigade were out in formation in the field. The commanding general for Fort Bragg was also in attendance. "Casing the colors" involves calling the soldiers from each unit to attention, having them inspected by the brigade commander, and then packaging up the flags in preparation for movement to their deployment location. Upon their arrival, the colors will then be displayed again while the units carry on their mission downrange. This highly traditional ceremony was a great way to give a tangible, visual element to what probably seems to our son like a theoretical deployment. The pictures below are from this event. Notice how the flag is unfurled in the first picture and encas…