“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
This morning in Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions Kathleen Norris shares that prayers are not always answered like we expect. I realize that is not a news flash to most of us! But maybe, it is how we are praying or for what we are praying that is the problem. As I read her reflection, she went on to write, “To be made more grateful, more able to see the good in what you have been given instead of always grieving for what might have been.” Therein, lies the key…at least for me. In my life, I need to focus on what I have been given, what is right in my life, what is working…not what opportunity I missed, what I didn’t get done or what might have been if only…in other words, I need to learn from the past, appreciate the past for what it is, but I need to learn to live in the here and now. Not mourn for the past or the ways I wish things were.
Lord, I need to let go. Please help me to move beyond what might have been and to appreciate what I have…here and now. Lord, forgive me for holding on to things that I should have released years ago. Please help me to truly let it go. With you help, Lord, I know I can do this. Please, please help me!
Friends, this post may not make sense to you…but thank you for reading. It is/was what was on my heart and what I needed write in my spiritual journal. Ann Voskamp wrote a beautiful post today.
Have a blessed day……
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I read these verses this morning as part of @stephanieweinert chapter a day challenge
It has been months since I have shared in this space. A lot of hard things have happened.
Tomorrow it will be four months since the sudden death of a close family member that was in his mid-fifties.
The grief is palpable. The loss is cavernous.
And life goes on.
And I remember that “he is my help and my shield.” And I will be thankful.
With all the grief and sadness in the world I wasn’t sure how I would handle today. How I would allow myself to grieve this loss? Today when there has so much WRONG in our world. In a post @deidrariggs shared today she reminded us that life goes on. And I realized that today this is my life. And I can grieve this loss. My life goes on... I am thankful for the 4 days we had her. On Friday I will remember each event of her last day and I will remember her dying in my arms.
And I will be both sad and grateful. #infantloss #trisomy18 #stlouischildrenshospital