Last week I shared a part of the Daily Lenten Reflections booklet by Paula D'Arcy, that my church had provided for us, and received so many nice comments from church members that I thought I would continue this week from the same booklet.
Everyone Is On There Own Journey
"The path we walk begins at birth, and everyone we love is on their own journey. It's tempting to think that the way I walk the path is the "only" way, or the "right" way, or that I am able to tell someone else how to live their life-or even think that they need me to do this. I have to let that conclusion go. Everyone I love has their own journey and must figure things out for themselves in their own time. Each person has a right in his or her own way.
I can only turn to my own path and the longing that drives it. The specifics of my path are not vital. What matters is whether or not I respond to the call of my own soul. Will I summon enough courage to look at what is not yet loving in me, not yet free, and be willing to grow? Will I allow my hurts and disappointments to transform me? Will I acknowledge the infinite design of things and put down my insistence on my own small story? If I am able to do so, a great door opens."
Today: "I pray for kindness to wash over my judgements and righteousness so I may walk my own journey and let others walk theirs."
Some days this is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. Letting those we love make there own mistakes, or not, without me. How quickly I forget, someone more important is in charge of their journey and He doesn't need my help.
We are so blessed to have two wonderful pastors at our church, Scott and Susan. Susan had a great reminder on Tuesday at Christian Women's Fellowship, to broaden our prayers to include our nation, our men and women in the service, and not to just pray for our small areas of life.
I'm certainly guilty of that and will try to do better.
Have a blessed week.