Tarot for the Way 5 January

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

(from the hymn ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus)

There is no denying that we live in turbulent times. It is very easy to blame someone else or something else for the turbulence we experience within at the moment. Yet our soul knows that peace can still be had and the only reason we forget is that the ego loves drama so much.

Sometimes I wish I had a little prayer alarm, just like the ‘Move!’ alarm I have on my fitness watch. This alarm goes off when I have been sitting still for too long. The truth is, we need these reminders because we are naturally lazy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an alarm that goes off every time we start worrying?: ‘Time to exchange your worries for peace!’

I am no saint and often catch myself worrying, fretting and future projecting when really, I should be praying. This typically happens when I hear bad news, things don’t go the way I hoped or expected them to. But recently, it is happening a bit less frequently. I have a newfound joy in handing all my troubles over to God.

Trust me, for a worrywart like me, this is no small thing. It is making me happy and this is the reason for this morning’s share, in the hope you’ll exchange your worries for the peace of Heaven a bit more often today. If I can break the worry habit, I’m pretty sure anybody can! It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to turn to ‘God’ because you feel that word has been contaminated by the particular brand of religion you have been exposed to. God is beyond names, labels, genders and anything we could ever imagine. God doesn’t care so much about which name we use to address her, yet God still cares enough to hear our prayers…

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
– Matthew 10:29

In the Tarot, there are some cards that remind us to be still and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. My personal favourites are the 4 0f Swords, which reminds us of the need for prayer and contemplation so that we can recharge, and The Hermit who withdraws from the noise of the world to seek God’s wisdom. The Ace of Cups is a reminder for me to have my cup refilled by the Holy Spirit. The High Priestess reminds me to simply be silent and allow (I don’t need to know all the answers), and the Hierophant reminds of me of the great literature and sacred music that I can fall back on for peace of mind.

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful day!

Lisa Frideborg