Uncluttered by Money: 18 February

Make up a meal

The disciple of one of the Desert Fathers went to collect water from a well which would require a three hour walk. On arrival at the well he realised that he had forgotten his rope.  "Lord help me in my need, through the prayers of my holy Elder", the young man prayed with confidence in his teacher spiritual power. With complete surprise he saw the water rise the surface of the well and then, having filled his vessel, he watched it drop again.

Reading: Matt 6:25-27

 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?


It seems to me that moving house is one of the most stressful times most people experience.  Who does one trust in the complicated negotiations, financial arrangements, legal deliberations and practical details?  The whole process has to be completed on a particular date unless financial penalties which be imposed.  Threats and contra-threats abound about what is included in the deal and whether another set of delays will warrant one "pulling out."  Each time we complete a move we declare it will be the last time; despite knowing it wont be, we say "never again!".

Of course, all the time, this anxiety mitigates the reality of God’s blessing; health, family, work, and enough finances to even consider moving home.  We are out of our depth in blessing!

JP Caussade says:

The present moment is always full of infinite treasure, it contains far more than you have capacity to hold. Faith is the measure: What you find in the present moment will be according tot he measure of your faith

Action and Prayer

I’m going to try and cook a meal only from the forgotten things we have stored or frozen and then pray with thanksgiving that such a meal represents the providence of God, always available for the moment of need.

The Desert Fathers and Mothers were hermits who lived mainly in the Egyptian desert beginning around the third century AD. The most well known was Anthony the Great, who moved to the desert in 270–271. By the time he died in 356, thousands of monks and nuns had been drawn to living in the desert following his example – his biographer, Athanasius of Alexandria, wrote that "the desert had become a city. The Desert Fathers had a major influence on the development of Christianity.

The desert dwellers used the image of a muddy pond or dirty mirror to describe a mind cluttered by distraction. They believed that what we cling to says a lot about the state of our souls. Their beliefs were rooted in Jesus’ injunctions to stay focused on the one true thing – the pearl of great price, the treasure in the field.