The Return

This post was written by Michael A. White, my beloved husband. 

Morning Meditation – The Return

August 5, 2013 at 6:03am

Father, I think today about the simple things in life, and look forward to casting our cares, our worries, our concerns, and our anxieties on You (our all, our everything).  Life itself oh Lord, bears many complications, of which we are not exempt [excused, released, relieved, freed], from.  There might be a sniffle [whimper, cry, weep], as we suffer in our uneasiness [discomfort], or disquieted (lack of calm, peace, ease; anxiety, uneasiness), in our spirits. We can deprive [rob, deny, rid, strip], ourselves of the rights to calmness, composure, tranquility, serenity, the rights to peace, due to our on “failures-to-launch”, or stated differently, not receiving Your calling, to release our cares, our worries, concerns, anxieties upon You.

The vexations [displeasures, upsets, irritations], within our spirits, distractions [disruptions, disturbances, interferences], in our lives, or hindrances [obstacles, barriers, sabotages], can come directly from us sometimes, as we carry life challenges, nor knowing, nor realizing, or forgetting, opportunities to cast [throw, hurl, fling, chuck, pitch, toss], cares [worries, concerns, troubles, problems], about our pasts, presents, futures, cares about ourselves, family, friends, on You (“oh, what a relief it is”). Just thinking about it, begins to bring about a shifting, a lifting, a lightening.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, to be upset, distracted, hindered, are not the roads you’ve paved for us. Lead us our Father, to roads of quiet rest, serenity unmatched, and a peace defying all logic (surpassing understanding). Let our restorations [renovations, renewals, repairs, rebuilding], be strong, firm, and steadfast, because You love and truly care for us. Amen.

The original form of the adopted Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

 

Prayerful Life

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” Brother Lawrence

Praying without ceasing is one of those key instructions for the believer. But to live a life of continual prayer would mean living on our hands and knees forever, right? No, my friends. God created us to communicate with him. So, prayer is natural for us because God desires a deeper relationship with him, one that strengthen the bonds between us. A relationship where we dive in, and dig deep. A relationship where we tread upon shallow waters or raging seas. A relationship where we see His glory in the first bud of spring, or in the laughter of a child. A relationship when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, or face a “Goliath”. Therefore, prayer is connection with the divine source – with our heart source; our mind source; our spirit source; our body source. When we speak to/with God, and listen to Him hope springs eternal. All the gaps in our lives are filled with Him. We receive the peace that passes all understanding. And so much more.
Brother Lawrence lived in a constant state of awareness of God’s presence. A prayerful life involves giving the sacred room to invade the secular. To become more aware of God, as a believer in every aspect of daily life. There is a sweetness knowing that God is, and that consciously having conversation with him we become more His sons and daughters. A prayerful life is also about being still and listening for him. So that the directions we take are in alignment with His divine purpose for our lives.
A prayerful life is finally one anchored in the reservoir of the sacred, where the trials and tribulations of the world are deposited, and we experience the matchless love of Christ.

Quiet

It is quiet today.  A time to pause and reflect on the goodness of God.  While so much of the world whirling, take a few quiet moments and say yes to God.  Feel His presence, bathe in His love.  No need to rush, or seek to do anything, just rest in Him.   Let your soul and spirit find expression in His perfect peace.

Have a day of quiet, and discover what fulfillment there is with God.