Listen to the Light

Essentialist and Wannabesaint

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Several years ago I worked as a staff volunteer and supplemented my income as the janitor of a large church which was composed of several buildings, including a couple of houses for small groups. I often arrived very early in the morning, before the sun came up, to clean.

The church didn’t have an alarm system and the thought of, “what if someone has broken in and I surprise them?” often crept into my mind. Assuring myself that I would be able to handle it, the skittishness soon passed once a few lights were on and the sun appeared on the horizon.

One morning, entering into one of the campus houses by way of the garage, a cat jumped out from behind some storage and startled me. I hollered, stumbled back, tripped and almost fell on the floor. I steadied myself, looked the cat in the eye, caught my breath…

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