A Prescription for Life

"As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart”

Luke 2:19
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

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Octave of Christmas, B

A man who was struggling with a variety of emotional problems went to see a therapist about his troubles. He was experiencing a crisis that affected his work life, his family interactions, and his self-esteem. You might say he was having a full-blown, certified mid-life crisis. “I want to know who I am and my real purpose in life,” he lamented.

After an hour-long session listening to the man, the therapist pulled a pad from the desk drawer and wrote the following “prescription,” which read, “Spend one hour next Sunday watching the sunrise while walking in a cemetery.” The following Sunday, the man did just that. A year later, he said that was a turning point in his life. “I had to be reminded,” he said, “that while death awaits each of us — until that appointed time, there is still the dawn of a new day ahead.”

It is “New Year’s Day,” when many of us make our annual “New Year’s Resolutions.”  Put another…

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