Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
When the weather is nice, one of my favorite things to do is to sit outside a few minutes before the sun rises and simply sit and listen. It’s a marvelous time of day, without distractions, without failure or disappointment. If I can quiet my mind and listen, to truly listen, it is a beautiful thing. The quieter I can make my thoughts, the more I hear. More sounds in the distance — a bird call, and another — the wind that isn’t moving even a small branch slowly becomes audible — a car starts across the treeline — I notice the street light is still buzzing and wonder if it just started or has been there all along. Surely there will be hard news and good blessings this day. I need to allow myself to take time to let my soul remember and recharge. I want to listen enough, and be quiet enough, so that today I do not miss a single benefit.