From two years ago:
“With ISIL having claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris, the world has entered into a full-on state of global crisis. All of us are integrating the realization that nothing will ever again be quite the same for our generation. The question before us now—as seekers, as global citizens, as lovers of the world—is not just what do we need to do, but who do we need to be [emphasis mine] in order to do it? We have before us a challenge that only the most evolved civilization can meet effectively, calling each of us to fast, to meditate, to pray, to do whatever it is we need to do to ready ourselves, to purify ourselves, and surrender ourselves to the task at hand. Each of us will be assigned our part, how we ourselves can help uplift the energy and prepare the ground, heal broken hearts and work the miracles that will bring down the Light that disperses darkness. And darkness, in time, will be no more. Amen.”
This quote showed up on my Facebook timeline recently. It reminded me of the things I have been coming to know—like that when I am not being as loving as I would like to be the answer is NOT to TRY HARDER to be loving but to settle back into my relationship with a God who loves me. Only by fully experiencing my relationship with God, by remembering that I am a BELOVED child of God, made in God’s image, loved beyond imagining, and called to bring to life God’s love and light on this world can I hope to be the beacon of love and hope that I want to be.
The transformational faith journey is to seek to connect with that experience of the God who loves us, to allow it into the core of our being, and then to LIVE from that. I don’t have to pull myself up by my bootstraps to be enough—I can pray, ask God for help and direction, and then get out there and live from the hope which empowers me.
How do YOU get through trying times in your life or the world?