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There has been a lot of bad news lately – some global, some personal involving people that I love. My typical response to all of it (as maybe for many of us) is to try to make things better. I am lately finding it difficult to trust my ability to do anything and so am shifting to what some people would call “letting God be God.” What that involves sometimes looks like passivity, and it does involve surrender to what is, but it seems more sensible than being against anything which involves resistance and pushing when there is a wall in the way.
What is left when one gives up trying to fix things, it seems to me, is compassion – a feeling with others. It involves presence – physically if possible and long distance if necessary – and mindfulness of the struggles of others. It certainly could lead to action if that seems the best course, but if we unite ourselves to others who are suffering without losing a deep conviction of hope that does not necessarily depend on outcome I believe that we may find ourselves to be agents of consolation. Additionally, our own prayer may be helpful in adding light to the world.
I realize that all of this (if it makes sense at all) may elicit from some people a reaction of “easy for you to say.” I have been much blessed in my life and have not personally suffered extreme trials. When life has been difficult in some way I have been gifted with the strength of companions whose compassion truly has made a difference and helped me move on. I suppose that is the point of all these thoughts…so the conclusion may simply be for all of us to cultivate good relationships, being faithful to them and to a serious effort to develop compassion in the manner of Jesus who emptied himself of himself in love for the life of the world.
Barb Hill said:
I think that we often clutter our minds & our lives with worry about the things we cannot change rather than focusing on the things that we can change. That is why our faith is our greatest strength; the Lord always has a plan, if we can just quit trying to take his job. One of my favorite things, passed on by Sr. Lois Barton, was a poem? entitled ” Living Eucharist” which sets forth all of the ways that we can live out Eucharist on a daily basis, whether it be smiling at a stranger or taking the time to be kind to our family, to working for peace & justice. They will know we are Christians by our love; we often forgot that. God is Love. Plain & simple. Amen.