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by Anne Peterson

Lent is an especially good time to practice a regular schedule of mindfulness—which I am clearly not doing. A person who is practicing mindfulness would never have locked her purse in the trunk of her car, along with the groceries she had just purchased at Trader Joe’s—which is what I did two days ago.

For a car with keyless entry, it is not possible to lock the car if the key is inside the seating portion of the vehicle. If the key is in the trunk, it appears that it is possible.

A lovely young woman talking on the phone in a car near me saw my freaking-out face and asked if there was anything she could do. After running through a series of options, I asked her if she would mind driving me to my house to get the spare key. On the short trip to and back I learned that she lived in Altadena, was the mother of three young boys and that her husband sold rare books.

I don’t know what the readings appointed for the day were, but I am reveling in the story of the Good Samaritan for the rest of Lent.

During the Forty Days of Lent, we will offer daily meditations from All Saints Church. Today’s is written by Anne Peterson; a retired staff member who continues to consult with our Leadership Project.

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