A Reflection by Sharon Nelsen
In the daily reading from Give us This Day, a quote from John Kavanaugh, SJ (1941-2012) struck my heart:
“It is only when we let go and turn to God in total trust that our searching hands are at last open to a final embrace of Love who is our Risen Lord.”
I prayed: Dear God, I let go of all; I unclench my holding-on hands. Take and receive, Lord, all I have and possess—particularly, my writings. I connect holding onto with caring. Please show me Your Way, Your Perspective, Your Vision. Amen.
As I listened, I heard these words:
“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find.”
Why? How? Because the search for truth you so faithfully pursue will eventually meet with All Truth. The bit you have—the fragment you cling to, will connect with All Truth—God! God who says, “No one can snatch you out of My Hand!” Even if you feel loosely held, “I have called you, and you are Mine.” Continue to walk in that hope. Who counts the stumbles? Not important! The fact that you keep moving with Love—that is the important element.
Now—let’s look at holding on and letting go. You immediately associate that with control, lack of trust and, a bad thing.
What if what you are holding onto is a fragment of truth? What if it is good? Can you pray?
Lord, God, Creator of all. I hand to You the truth I hold. I ask that you return to me whatever you have entrusted to me to complete for You, for the building of Your Kingdom on earth, for the part you ask me to do in the life time you gave me. I give you all thoughts, feelings, expectations and hopes associated with this truth. As You hand it back to me, may it be purified of my limitations, and shine with the wholeness that is you, so that in Your Light, we recognize the Light of the world, Jesus, Your son. Thank you, Dear Abba, now and forever. Amen
Do you think you can pray that way—letting go of the fear and self-condemnation associated with your former thoughts?
Beloved, you are Mine and what you cling to is Mine. And what is Mine is yours in My son Jesus, who wants it that way because I want it that way.
Trust Me to complete the good I have begun in you—the uncovering of the Light of My Son shining within you. I can do that, and, I do it in the particularities of your “you-ness.” The unique image of Me that I created—sending you into the world to be like My Son, a light. What do you see in the light? What is there; what is real; what is present. You see it materially, and baptized—given—into My Son, you see what is real, what is present spiritually. As you connect that truth, you are able to see more clearly My Will in each situation. My Kingdom comes as My Will is done!