Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Journey Continued

Lately, my husband and I have been praying for all the people we know who do not have God in their lives, and in times of trouble they crumble and don't know where to turn. There are some who just brush God aside, and make jokes about going to church, there are those whose marriages have fallen apart, some who are facing the end of their lives, some who are lonely, some who are in financial and emotional distress.
The common element is that they don't turn to the Father of Mercy in their trouble; let Him into their heart and trust in Him as a child trusts.
As usual, I can find guidance in the writings of "The Imitation of Christ". From Book III :

The Fifty-Ninth Chapter

ALL HOPE AND TRUST ARE TO BE FIXED IN GOD ALONE

THE DISCIPLE

WHAT, Lord, is the trust which I have in this life, or what is my greatest comfort among all the things that appear under heaven? Is it not You, O Lord, my God, Whose mercies are without number? Where have I ever fared well but for You? Or how could things go badly when You were present? I had rather be poor for Your sake than rich without You. I prefer rather to wander on the earth with You than to possess heaven without You. Where You are there is heaven, and where You are not are death and hell. You are my desire and therefore I must cry after You and sigh and pray. In none can I fully trust to help me in my necessities, but in You alone, my God. You are my hope. You are my confidence. You are my consoler, most faithful in every need.
All seek their own interests. You, however, place my salvation and my profit first, and turn all things to my good. Even though exposing me to various temptations and hardships, You Who are accustomed to prove Your loved ones in a thousand ways, order all this for my good. You ought not to be loved or praised less in this trial than if You had filled me with heavenly consolations.
In You, therefore, O Lord God, I place all my hope and my refuge. On You I cast all my troubles and anguish, because whatever I have outside of You I find to be weak and unstable. It will not serve me to have many friends, nor will powerful helpers be able to assist me, nor prudent advisers to give useful answers, nor the books of learned men to console, nor any precious substance to win my freedom, nor any place, secret and beautiful though it be, to shelter me, if You Yourself do not assist, comfort, console, instruct, and guard me. For all things which seem to be for our peace and happiness are nothing when You are absent, and truly confer no happiness.
You, indeed, are the fountain of all good, the height of life, the depth of all that can be spoken. To trust in You above all things is the strongest comfort of Your servants.
My God, the Father of mercies, to You I look, in You I trust. Bless and sanctify my soul with heavenly benediction, so that it may become Your holy dwelling and the seat of Your eternal glory. And in this temple of Your dignity let nothing be found that might offend Your majesty. In Your great goodness, and in the multitude of Your mercies, look upon me and listen to the prayer of Your poor servant exiled from You in the region of the shadow of death. Protect and preserve the soul of Your poor servant among the many dangers of this corruptible life, and direct him by Your accompanying grace, through the ways of peace, to the land of everlasting light

1 comment:

Michele said...

i know how hard it is when someone you care about walks away from God. i also know how hard it is when the same person talks negatively about God. this is time when you have to trust in God's mercy. and lean on Him. when you not only pray that the person returns to God before they die, and leaning on God's trust, that all things will work out in the end, at least you are comforted that you can trust in His mercy.

part of the traps of this life that draw people away from God is materialism, me-ism, and often, when hard times hit, they just abandone God, and walk away from Him. seeing no point in loving Him, and being thankful for all He has provided for us.

i sometimes wonder if these types of people are spiritually lonely when they leave God. perhaps, or perhaps not. since they let satan take right over, and walk right in.
thus for me, trusting that God will make things right in the end, and prayer for that soul is a small measure of comfort indeed.