Many times, we are held back by a sense that we are simply not good enough, talented enough or smart enough to do what we want to do. We pray for God to free us from the internal chains that bind us. Self-confidence stems from confidence in Him. It is not we alone who do the work. The work is done by Him who is within us.
*The potential for a loving relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with God is a gift. We cannot make it. But we can choose to be oriented toward the only place loving can occur, namely right here, now, where we are. Just the living of that orientation makes it more possible for this gift, this blessing, to happen to us and for us to receive it.
*To love we know we must meet each other somewhere. We know that place of meeting is none other than the here and now. There is no meeting anywhere else. We cannot live separately from what is.
We are given bodies. We are given the world. We are given time. But without attention, without awareness, without true presence, we do not meet, we do not find each other.
In the here and now dwells the truth that all of us are limited…that we are continuously moving and changing…always longing and reaching for the not-yet. The truth is that we are the energy in these bodies, burning through time…that we are dying. This is fundamental—our earth, our water, our air, and our fire.
Let us meet where we already are, in the elements of our vulnerability. In this we are together and we cannot do without each other. This is basic. Our neighbor is our self.
*Love is a direction and not a state of the soul. – Simone Weil
Becoming Bread – Embracing the Spiritual in the Everyday
By Gunilla Norris
This was my opportunity to live a new reality. To stare, every day, into another layer of this unpredictable pain and delay and believe a different truth. Survival required a new kind of seeing. But God had allowed this error –… — in response to our hunger. We wanted the deep parts of us to find the deep parts of Him, and both hunger and its companion, pain, have a way of exposing us to His touch. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, Pg 92, by Sara Hagerty
It’s funny, but I never thought about hunger and pain going hand-in-hand. But it makes sense; when I am very hungry physically, my stomach hurts. When a baby cries because they’re hungry, they must be experiencing pain, pain that tells them their body is hungry and needs nutrition. So it is with the spirit as it is with the body. But how does the spirit experience hunger? Perhaps with the pain of circumstances in our lives that drive us inward, that cause pain to our hearts and mind, pains that can’t be healed with food or medicine. Pains that only God can heal.
Perhaps when a circumstance causes me spiritual pain, it is there to remind me that I am hungry for God and whatever need is causing the pain has yet to be filled or healed with/by God. So if someone calls me an ugly name (it happens a lot at work) and I am hurt by it, is this then a reminder that a specific hunger needs God? A hunger to know who I am in God, that I am His child, His creation, and have been called into being by Him? And if I know that for certain – beyond a shadow of a doubt – because God has filled that self-contempt hole in my spirit, then I wouldn’t be hurt by that cruelty?
Is this how the saints did it? Is this how they do it today? Able to stand firm in their knowledge of God because they recognize pain as hunger and seek Him to fill and heal it, thereby no longer being in pain/hunger for that specific thing?
O God, open the eyes of my eyes and let me see what needs to be seen that I continue forth in Your Presence.