Today I decided to revisit Advent, 2013 -- when I reflected with Fr. R. Scott Hurd's book When Faith Feels Fragile
Today's chapter in "When Faith Feels Fragile" - focuses on Refreshment, Rest and Rejuvenation. AS always God's timing is perfect! I could not be any more overwhelmed - well I guess I could be BUT that would be less dramatic to build the intensity in my blog post. It is all about tension...
Well not really -- it is all about God. God and Grace. And His amazing desire and ability to take on our burdens, to yoke himself to us, or maybe it is better said in that we CHOOSE to yoke ourselves with him. I love that God is a gentleman that will not force himself upon our lives. Instead He gifts us with - good ole free will. Therefore, we need to seek, ask, knock, but rest assured that door will be answered, we will be responded to, and all we need (little caveat - it may not be what we WANT) will be received. Why am I so confident? Simple, God doesn't make promises He doesn't plan to keep. I Am who Am... He can be no different.
So right now I'm banging on God's front door like I'm being chased by a cow. Confident that the door will be opened. Why? Scripture also says, BELIEVING your will receive (Mt 21:22). I have no reason to doubt, honestly, I don't expect God's response to be exactly what I ask - though that would be dandy. I believe with my whole being that the answer to all my prayers will always have my best interest at heart. My sanctification will be God's guiding light, and IF I can receive the answers, the grace, the blessings (even if they feel more like curses) in that light - I will find true Joy and Peace.
As a loving Father, and one who asks to take upon my burdens (Mt. 11:28-30) - I have no reason not to believe relief will arrive. In the meantime, I will maintain my JOY --- I will be a joyful witness to a life of faith.
This JOY, for me anyway, lies so intertwined with the Sacraments. To conclude today, I want to reflect on the words Fr. Hurd shares in this chapter that came from a spa brochure. The Spa, through worldly pleasures, offers to provide us: "healing, harmony, purification, wholeness, peace, renewal, bliss and nourishment." As I looked at these words, I was struck by how each reflects the graces we receive in the Sacraments.
For me, the Sacraments (evident in just my everyday, ordinary life) provide:
Healing in Reconciliation
Nourishment in the Eucharist
Peace in Adoration (Eucharist)
Harmony and bliss in Matrimony and/or Holy Orders
Purification in Anointing of the Sick
Renewal in Baptism
Wholeness and Strengthen in Confirmation