Praise The Lord, O My Soul

by Melodius Monk  

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.

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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