I am always challenged to take another step towards God. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray that His kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. For me it is necessary to understand what the kingdom looks like so I take time to pray and study. Time to talk to God and seek His will. If I don’t I find myself in chaos and fear.
I wonder how I can see each person I meet today as God sees each person. As beloved even when myself or others aren’t acting like beloved children of God. When there is injustice how do I handle it. When there’s hurt how do I bring mercy into it.
Am I able to pray for peace and find joy when bombarded with fear and sadnesses? Seems only when I stay close to God and His word and His promises that I can cling to God no matter what the world gives me.
Can I build up the world by finding good in each person – family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers? Some days it is easier than others. Some days I find myself weary, although I know it is another opportunity to trust God.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
I am still a work in process and happy to have a loving God who lets me begin new each day. The good news is we are all loved by God! Peace my friends! Do not fear!
“It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
Address at World Youth Day, Rome, August 19th, 2000, 5 – Saint John Paul II