“Yet you are sad at heart…
Still, I must tell you the truth.
It is for your good that I am going
Because unless I go
My Advocate will not come to you,
But if I go,
I will send him to you.”
Before they could absorb it, Lord, you explained to your apostles that you must leave in order to send the Spirit. You knew that after they had witnessed your passion, crucifixion, and resurrection, they would remember how you had prepared them.
So often, we hear you encouraging us and yet we have no idea what lies ahead. Whether we see you or not, we will understand when the time comes. We spend so much time speculating when all we really have to do is to hope, trust, and accept whatever you send. There is really only one prayer, “Thy will be done.” We need to live and breathe for that purpose alone, to affirm you until we do it instinctively. “Quiet. Still. Be.” We don’t need to think. Let us listen.
I don’t know how I will respond to whatever you show me today, but I know that I can dispose myself now to be ready to act with love and alacrity. Spirit of God, guide me. Alert me to your will. I resolve now to go wherever you lead me. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
May 26, 2014
Thank you, Lord, for this day and everything in it.
I have been asked what kind of house I want to build, that is, what I want to leave for future generations. I could think only of my writings. Through them, I hope to share my experience of you with those who will follow. Whether or not they remember me, please help them to see how you have rescued me. Let me do nothing, willfully or not, that might scandalize anyone. When they see my failings, let them see even more clearly how merciful you have been to me through all the joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs, peaceful days and stressful ones. Let me see you in all who went before me, in those who are with me now, and those I have not yet met. Let me love them all in you. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
May 25, 2014
1 Ch 28:20
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
This is a father, encouraging his son, offering not the promise of his own help but the infinite help of his God. This is Faith Sharing 101.
Physically, Lord, I am not strong. Nor am I strong of character. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t strengthen me. My friends and family want what is best for me. They can urge me on, but they cannot give me their strength and courage. You can. I trust in you. “My soul hath relied on the Lord.” I am weak, Lord, but I am willing. I will focus on your strength and forget myself.
“Do the work.”
What is my work now? I don’t have a clear view, but I know that you are preparing me for something. In order to be ready to go where you lead me, I have to let go of everything that holds me back. In the physical sense, that means I have to downsize.
This morning, I found myself looking for a place to put things. I realized that I have two slow cookers filling up a shelf. Why would I need more than one? Let my spiritual detachment begin with de-cluttering my environment in the simplest sense. It is time to clean my house and my soul. Help me to make room for you alone.
When my work in the service for the temple of this life is finished, you will draw me into yourself. There will be no more need for strength and courage. Until then, Lord, embolden me. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.