A Blessing and a Prayer

As we start the second month of the 2022 New Year (hard to believe!), this prayer by Henri Nouwen touched my heart. Melody

A Prayer
Dear God,   I so much want to be in control. I want to be the master of my own destiny. Still I know that you are saying: “Let me take you by the hand and lead you. Accept my love and trust that where I will bring you, the deepest desires of your heart will be fulfilled.” Lord, open my hands to receive your gift of love.   Amen.
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Silence is Golden

For the past several days I have participated in much of the on-line 2021 Advent Retreat hosted/led by Contemplative Outreach San Antonio. The retreat was excellent, and I was reminded of my ongoing challenges of slowing down; sitting quietly; anxiety stemming from not getting things done all the time; the belief that multi-tasking is a key to survival; and so on and so forth. This is an area in which I will continue to work, including during this Advent season and in the New Year. Melody

Gratitude

Just recently I was encouraged to start a ‘Gratitude’ journal, and I am four days into the process. Just ending each day by writing down three (3) things for which I am grateful seems to be helping. And I loved this posting on Gratitude.

Blessings and thanks for all. Melody

Deciding to be Grateful
Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are not an “accident,” but a divine choice. It is important to realize how often we have had chances to be grateful and have not used them. When someone is kind to us, when an event turns out well, when a problem is solved, a relationship restored, a wound healed, there are very concrete reasons to offer thanks: be it with words, with flowers, with a letter, a card, a phone call, or just a gesture of affection. . . . Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Gratitude

On this July 4th, I am deeply grateful to all the men, women and families who have sacrificed, and are sacrificing, so that our country can be free. May some day our universe live in full peace and harmony in which no such sacrifices are needed. Melody

Remembering with a prayer

On this Memorial Day 2021, I am remembering all the men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed for our free country, including many with the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. How grateful I am, and will always be, including for members of my own family who have served in our military. Often I envision and hope for a truly peaceful world with no fighting on any land. Concerning our service men and women, no doubt they felt, and feel still, overburdened and stretched beyond measure at times. Here is a wonderful prayer for this day by Henri Nouwen which I re-post in honor of all our members of the military and their families. May we all be led by that loving voice for more peaceful times ahead.

Blessings, Melody

A Prayer
Dear God,   Speak gently in my silence. When the loud outer noises of my surroundings and the loud inner noises of my fears keep pulling me away from you, help me to trust that you are still there even when I am unable to hear you. Give me ears to listen to your small, soft voice saying: “Come to me, you who are overburdened, and I will give you rest . . . for I am gentle and humble of heart.” Let that loving voice be my guide.   Amen.
Henri J. M. Nouwen