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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Turning a Corner

As I enter the second year after the trauma, I find the grief has almost dissipated. It was almost as if a switch was turned. For most of a year, I awoke each morning with tears running down my cheeks. Then there were no more tears in the mornings. There are pangs during the day from time to time, but they are not so strong that I cannot bear them as they once were.

I want to share the prayer I wrote for church for tomorrow, based on the Epistle quote from Paul that is part of the scripture for tomorrow. It is completely relevant to my journey & hopefully to yours.

St. Paul tells us that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

God, the truth of these words has been shown to me over and over again during the course of my life. Even the darkest valleys, with 20/20 hindsight, have shown their high purpose. So many times You have told me through inspired writings and life experiences that You never abandon me. You are always with me. You lead me through the valleys of the shadow of death. You strengthen my soul. You teach me to understand through life experiences. Everything in my life has been curriculum that leads to You.

Even so, I sometimes complain and delay getting the teaching. Help me to return to the understanding that whatever “this” is right now, it is part of the working together for good. Your requirement for me, in order for this to be so, is that I love You and answer Your call. Lord, I do love You and I am listening.

Help us as a church community to remember that all that has been our experience as a church works together for good, because we love You and we are listening to Your call.

What a celebration is going on in my very depths. It is as if something within has been set free. The truth of these words has quickened within me a remembering. The puzzle pieces are coming together in my mind.

With joy, I say, thank You, Father for all that has been my life and shall be my life. Thank You for leading me always. I release this all and ask that Your will be done today and everyday. I seal this with the ancient seal of faith as I say, Amen, Amen & Amen

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