It is Friday the 24th of September. A new day dawns. It is grey and dreary out my window, yet I feel joy within my heart as I undertake to simply write from my heart the word that flows from the silence of my sacred place. Today’s word is “Be not afraid”! This word was heard many years ago as I stood on a street corner waiting for the bus. The word overwhelmed me as I heard it within my heart! “Walk in my Presence and be unafraid; I will lead you to your heart!” So for twenty or more years I’ve been attempting to walk in God’s Presence, being unafraid of the unknown that slowly unravels itself as my life. So often the Path led me into dark spaces, unknown areas, and perplexing situations. Yet, the words of the Psalm 37 echoed in some deep place within: “Trust in the Lord and do good . . . Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you . . . Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act.” So through thick and thin “Trust” has been a beacon in the night pointing out the Way for me. Not always clear this “way” but true despite not knowing what lay behind the bend of its twisting and twining. So, today also, I trust in His ways despite the fact that I don’t know what tomorrow brings for me as I age and see myself “alone”; not really lonely but “alone with the Alone” the Beloved of my Life who from the beginning has been my All; and leading me to the fulness of life and of my destiny: I must decrease and he must increase, as St John the Baptist spoke as he pointed to Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Besides “trust”, humility is a much-needed virtue or attitude. Humility is nothing more than truly knowing the limits of my humanity in relation to the Divine that has captured my soul and being. I must lose my life in order to gain it, be as the humus of the earth in which the seed is sown as Life. Word of Life be planted in my life today as “Trust” and “humility”. The Lord is my Shepherd nothing will I fear for he leads me through the valley of darkness to the living waters into the green Valley of Life in Him. He is close beside me, so why should I be afraid? His love surrounds me as it pursues me all the days of my life, that I may live in the House of the Lord forever. Amen