“May you use those gift that you have received,
And pass on the love that has been given to you.“
~ St. Thérèse de Lisieux
A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
Our gifts are many ~ our responsibility is to share them. When I think about each of our passions and our pursuits of them, two favorite quotes- ones that have moved me, literally, come to mind.
Why is it we find ourselves feeling guilty for following our heart’s call, when in fact it’s the holding back from it that should concerned us?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”Marianne Williamson
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”Fred Buechner
Two gifted individuals, with words that can bring us to life. Be with them today, and let them be with you.
This Week's Muse:
This week, this day, this breath is precious. As is this blessing, left behind by a young woman who promised on her death bed to spend her days in heaven comforting those of us in the wilderness of life on earth. Now is the time to pause, and let this blessing settle into your bones. Rest, digest, and smile a smile of gentle optimism. Take five minutes to breathe this in.
This Week's Meditation:
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