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Listening For Your Mercy

My calendar saying, “What does God expect of us? To expect great things of Him,” calls

to me to pray for wisdom and strength through all caretaking challenges, as I trust the path to

God’s love and mercy. There are times to acknowledge that the situation is out of one’s

control, surrender it to the Lord and wait to see how God will help. The key is remaining

persistent in prayer, trusting God can bring good out of any situation.

Richard J. Foster encourages us with these words “Even when all we see are the tangled

threads on the backside of life’s tapestry, we know that God is good and is out to do us good

always.” Can we look at life through a different lens? Do we see from a perspective of scarcity

or sufficiency? Scarcity, a mindset, an unconscious, unexamined set of assumptions of ‘not

enough.’ While sufficiency is a place of wholeness and completeness and deep understanding

of who we are. Which description do we most identify with?

In order to survive our challenges, we need to feed our inner lives. Instead of thinking

what is wrong with me, purposely think – what are my gifts and strengths? Latch onto the good

within! How are you showing up for yourself? Do you give and receive mercy? Do you

acknowledge feelings that pass through you? With awareness can come the choice whether to

question, confront, repair, ignore or whatever. Be aware of things that trigger you, giving

yourself time to sort out how you feel. Feelings unexpressed remain inside.

Feeling stuck is scary, but if you believe that you are not alone in the difficulty, you can

trust that God is there accompanying you and helping you face the tasks at hand. His mercy

carries and encourages us to give mercy and self-compassion to ourselves. If we are

preoccupied with our own failings, we cannot hear God’s reassurance that we are forgiven.

With every prayer we are getting closer to our heavenly Father and learning to rely on Him.

Another calendar saying, “Why should we pray? Because God listens.” I know I need to

improve in this area, do you?

Father Michael Casey, Cistercian Monk in Australia, gives us food for thought, “Knowing

God’s goodness, we must stare down our fear, allow our agitated thoughts to settle and

placidly expose ourselves to the mystery that has come upon us.” With all our needs, let us

focus our full attention on the goodness and greatness of God. Our need is small compared to

God’s ability to meet it. We are accepted and loved as we are. We take our inspiration from the

words of John 8:12, Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever

follows Me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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