I arise today Through God’s strength to pilot me: God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to save me From snares of devils, From temptation of vices, From every one who shall wish me ill, Afar and anear, Alone and in a multitude. --- St. Patrick
I came across this writing this morning. I really needed to read it at this very moment. As we all know from experience, the twists and turns of life can be very challenging.
Recent years have been quite a ride. I know it's education for my soul. I know the Presence is always with me. I know my soul endures and continues. Yet I am so very weary of the particular curriculum that has been testing me over and over. This Book of Job-like period of my life must surely end. The powers that be say all is released and complete, but we don't see our funds. Down to my last pittance, I awoke crying. So, I really needed to be lifted by St. Patrick's words.
I first opened my Message Bible randomly for guidance. I opened to 1Thessalonians Chapter 4.
11-12 Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends
This was not very comforting or helpful in my particular challenge, although I can see it is good advice. I do remain calm mostly. I do focus on my task at hand. In spite of the craziness, I keep going, doing the best I can, and others tell me that I am an inspiration. But, I really do need to move on and have my funds restored.
Then I read St. Patrick's thoughts, and I felt lifted. If you have a crisis in your life, try reading his words at least 3 times slowly, and see how it affects you. Across the many years, he reaches out and touches, ignites something deep inside. Thank you Patrick.