Today isn’t so much a devotion as it is a check in. I invite you to set aside some time today to do this grounding meditation and pray that it is a blessing on your day. In Peace, Pastor Ruth

(If you want to be lead through this meditation and you are on Facebook, you can find a video of Ruth leading this at “Front Porch Spiritual Direction.”)

Psalm 119:105 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

“Mindfulness Cards: simple practices for everyday life”

Sitting in a comfortable position with your feet on the floor, close your eyes or lower your gaze, and just notice your breathing. Now bring your attention to your feet. Can you wiggle your toes? Can you move your feet to feel the sides of your feet? What textures do you feel? Your slippers? The carpet or floor? Fuzzy socks? Are your feet warm or cold?

Our feet, like our breath, are always available to help bring us back into the present moment and just notice. What is wonderful about our feet is that they ground us, they connect us to the earth. 

If you are able, take a moment to stand in mountain pose (strong and upright, head held proud), or stay seated if that feels more comfortable, and just feel your feet. Let them remind you that you are connected to the earth, imaging roots anchoring you into the ground. Let them remind you that you are well supported, that you can remain rooted even when times feel like they will knock you off your feet. If you are standing, you may sit down again. 

Now consider the Psalm verse: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 

What scripture serves as a guide for you, a lamp to your feet?

What grounds you and brings you back to remembering God’s love for you during difficult times? 

What image of God grounds your faith: Father/Mother God? Creator? Mother Hen? Divine Source? Embodied Grace? All powerful? Wisdom? Ever present source of goodness?

How is Christ illuminating your path with hope? 

Now come back to your feet. Wiggle your toes, take a deep breath, and say “thank you” to your feet for helping ground you. When times are stressful and we get carried away by our emotions, worry, events, or the news, remember you can always come back to your feet. And when you plant your feet firmly on the ground, call to mind this Psalm verse and return to what grounds your faith. 

May your path be lit by the love, grace, and mercy of God. 

Let us pray:
We are turning, Lord, to hear you, see you, and know you.  You are merciful and kind, slow to anger, rich in blessings. With every twist and turn, lead our steps back to your grace and your mercy. Lead us in your ways of new life, forgiveness, and re-creation.  We pray in the name of Christ, the one who reveals your love, Amen.