“The wise man in the storm prays to God,
not for safety from danger,
but deliverance from fear”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is pleasant.
Death is peaceful.
It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Driving home last evening, as we were crossing over a train track, I was glancing rather
forlornly out my window when I saw the lone deer smartly looking left and right before
making her own journey across the tracks.
Lots of thoughts raced through my mind as I silently asked God to make certain she crossed safely.
Like a small stone cast into the quiet still waters of some hidden little pond, whose
resulting ripples spread outward wider and wider until the entire once still surface is
now a reverberating boiling roll, so too is much of my current corner of the world.
Greif has yet been allowed to surface, let alone run its course…
so the physical body now bears the brunt.
Yet in the roiling boil of that which is often out of our control
comes a wizened knowledge, albeit seemingly threatened to be overshadowed
by the tumult…
that there is always something Other Than…
and it is in that Other that I will yield….
But above all preserve peace of heart.
This is more valuable than any treasure.
In order to preserve, there is nothing more useful than renouncing
your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart.
In this way His will can carry out for us whatever contributes to His glory,
and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in Him.
St Margaret Mary Alacoque
It is the Lord who goes before you.
He will be with you;
he will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.”