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Part of my daily routine in my spiritual life is to
pray before getting up in the morning and also last
at night. I read the daily offering from the
Daily Meditation from the Centre for Action and Contemplation
Reality Initiating Us:
Lesson Four: Passing Over to Life
Thursday,? April 9, 2020?
It is true that you are not in control, for “can
any of you, for all your worrying, add a single moment
to your span of life?” (Luke 12:25-26).
If we cannot control life and death, why do we spend
so much time trying to control smaller outcomes? Call
it destiny, providence, guidance, synchronicity, or
coincidence, but people who are connected to the Source
do not need to steer their own life and agenda. They
know that it is being done for them in a much better
way than they ever could. Those who hand themselves
over are received, and the flow happens through them.
Those who don’t relinquish control are still
received, but they significantly slow down the natural
flow of Spirit.
When we set ourselves up to think we deserve, expect,
or need certain things to happen, we are setting ourselves
up for constant unhappiness and a final inability
to enjoy or at least allow what is going to happen
anyway. After a while, we find ourselves resisting
almost everything at some level. It is a terrible
way to live. Giving up control is a school to learn
union, compassion, and understanding. It is ultimately
a school for the final letting go that we call death.
Right now, as we face social restrictions, economic
fragility, and the vulnerability of our own bodies,
is there something deeper that you can surrender to,
that can ground you in disruption?
Surrendering to the divine flow is not about giving
in, capitulating, becoming a puppet, being naïve,
irresponsible, or stopping all planning and thinking.
Surrender is about a peaceful inner opening that keeps
the conduit of living water flowing to love. But do
know this: every time we surrender to love, we have
also just chosen to die. Every time we let love orient
us, we are letting go of ourselves as an autonomous
unit and have given a bit of ourselves away to something
or someone else, and it is not easily retrieved—unless
we choose to stop loving—which many do. But
even then, when that expanded Self wants to retreat
back into itself, it realizes it is trapped in a much
larger truth now. And Love wins again.
Jesus surely had a dozen good reasons why he should
not have had to die so young, so unsuccessful at that
point, and the Son of God besides! By becoming the
Passover Lamb, plus the foot-washing servant, Jesus
makes God’s revelation human, personal, clear
and quite concrete. Jesus is handed over to the religious
and political powers-that-be, and we must be handed
over to God from our power, privilege, and need for
control. Otherwise, we will never grow up, or participate
in the Mystery of God and Love. It really is about “passing
over” to a deeper faith and life.
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me?
What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us
and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep
connection with you and all beings. Help us become
a community that vulnerably shares each other’s
burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings
for the healing of our world. [Please add your own
intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better
than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all
the holy names of God, amen.
Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.
Story from Our Community:
It hardly matters what day it is any more, since the
future is so unclear. I sit quietly, and I open my
heart and mind for the unexpected. My prayers of the
heart are "humility, through mystery," and "peace,
through acceptance." –C. Thorman
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