By Sister Julie Myers, OSF
“Love will keep us; Love will hold us; Love will bind us…because God is love and Love wills it so!”
Did you ever experience prayer where the words fell, broken and empty, into the arms of silence? For various reasons, this mantra became my prayer this morning. It held the only words that did not seem to break apart before touching my lips. The mantra took me to a deeper place where I actually felt the peaceful embrace of God, and that embrace hushed my soul into an overwhelming silence.
Let’s face it, life builds up from the daily activities and responsibilities and can slowly become overwhelming without our being aware of it…until it is too big and we are too buried. Once we begin to lose our footing, we begin to doubt ourselves and the giftedness our lives hold. Do we take these situations to prayer so that we can lay them at the foot of the cross? Do we truly let go of that which burdens and buries us, or do we take it back from Jesus to carry it again, alone? We don’t always have control of everything that surrounds us, not even what we take to the foot of the cross. But we do have control of one thing: trusting our burdens into the loving embrace of Christ.
I recently received a Blue Mountain E-Card from a dear friend. Its message was powerful and begs for reflection:
“The things that matter most in our lives are not the things we’ve acquired along the way—
but rather the treasure chest of
moments, memories, and experiences…
shared with the people we love!”
This message reminds me that it is not the things or work or projects that matter in life, but the people we share them with that matters. The true gift of this message is one that challenges and calls my heart to hold and treasure the people in my life, not the things. Then, what I have carried to the cross in prayer as a burden becomes transformed into something very beautiful.
Who are the people God sends to you as a message of God’s love?
Who is it that gives expression and meaning to your life’s moments, memories, and experiences? As you take time to thank God for this gift, you might just see God gazing back upon you in love! For God is love!