“Therefore, will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” — Thomas Merton
I am experiencing one of those times when I don’t seem to know where I am going. There are many changes going on around me and great insecurity which have caused me to feel far away from the love of the Universe and I don’t know how to find my way back.
During times like this, when I have no answers, is it enough to simply just ask questions? My inclination is to be in control, to put my mind to work and figure things out. But I am finding that some things simply can’t be dealt with only with logic. All I can seem to do is ask the questions, have faith in the answers as the Universe reveals them to me, and let go.
I’ve been told that I’ll find new faith by working through these situations where I don’t have the answers right away. Part of life’s wonder is its mystery. It takes faith to not only accept the mystery, but to embrace it and love it.
- Thomas Merton just emailed me. (lookingcloser.org)
- More Loaded “Questions For Atheists” (anadder.com)
- Rearranging the geometry of heaven (netnewmusic.net)
“Mere survival is an affliction. What is of interest is life, and the direction of that life.” — Guy Fregault
I know people who, when you ask them how they are, will say automatically, “I’m surviving.” They say it with a bright, brave smile, as though they’ve battled tremendous odds and come through, bloody but unbowed. They seem to imply that life is a grim, unfair business. But in reality, their lives seem easy and secure.
There are others I know with real problems – illness in the family, financial worries, job insecurity and more. These people might greet you with a smile and bring to the simplest exchange an energy and liveliness that sends you away refreshed. Such people have the gift of life and share it abundantly. Like the ninety-seven-year-old woman with thirty-nine grandchildren who greets each one of them by name and has a story and a joke for every one of them. She lives in their memory as a force of love and vitality. Her immortality is there, in the love her family bears her.
Each day can bring as many joys as sorrows. When we are patient and find the courage to invest the best of ourselves, we can truly live and not just survive.