How many times do we stay in situations etc.. that are sailing nowhere, have not sailed anywhere or to any real clear oceans etc… for a long while. Yet we stay, for any number of reasons. Not so say that one should just pack up and leave one’s relationship, or career situation overnight, or as soon as there is a problem. However, if one has truly given one’s all and there is not future, no joy etc.., even harm, then that ship must sail, we must find away to shift current, find those who would assist us to change sail etc…, ask divine guidance for the right people to do so, to guide us to them, them to us. My Sunday prayer for all of us.
There are times in life when in silence much is said and also in life there are times when there is a parting and much is left unsaid, things linger, hover in the air. May we all find closure to all things and situations, and may we find wisdom from the Holy Spirit in moments of silence and reflection.
Hope is what keeps us sustained so that we can achieve goals, and as long as we are remembering to nourish those goals with guidance from the spiritual realm of our Creator, His Holy Spirit, appreciating what we do have as we make the journey to recieve what is in the Lord’s plan for us, then Hope is a beautiful thing. At times yes, it can seem like a chilly place, and we can get discouraged, but that is when we need to seek out the Lord, keep doing what we are prompted by the Holy Spirit. Remember any prompting of anything, if it is not in keeping with ethics, integrity, clear moral boundaries, true to one’s self as a creation of the Most High, is not from His Spirit, but from our own Ego, desires or something else. As scripture says, test what you feel, and once you know it is from the highest realm of spiritual wisdom, don’t fight, move forward in hope and faith.
Replace the He with She, and that is what I gained, learned from the mess of my parent’s divorce and being used as a chess piece by both sides. I know my mom loved me, but she in different ways would also give me this message of “nothing lasts forever”. What I did was create a life of constant temporaries, of constant flux, which in turn wreaked emotional havoc on me and destroyed my well being. This even created instability in my faith life, made it hard for me to commit to any particular faith path, even within the Christian faith. When as a child you get the subliminal message and then reinforced message in different ways that nothing lasts forever, nothing can, even faith is hard to sustain on a deep level, even connection with God is hard to sustain on a deep level. Now 50 something I find myself as the poem says wishing I had something, something more long term in my vocational path, a companion that I had built lasting memories with. I wish I had not been given a message of nothing last forever, but that there are things that can last with intention, faith and right investment emotionally etc.. put forward. I wish I had been given that balance, taught that because I think I would have gone less in circles. Please remember that the phrase “Nothing lasts forever”, not really true. WIth right nurturing etc.., solid deep faith and spiritual life can last forever, healthy relationships can last a good long time. With marriage for example, even if the marriage ends, the relationship can still be one of friendship, caring and good will towards the other, if the intent and nurturing of it is there. Our spiritual body also is every lasting as Scripture tells us, so there are things that last forever. Take heart and never let that be what defines and drives your life, or you could end up going in circles, too many circles for too long.
This year my health really knocked me out and I did not get an advent wreath and we only put up the nativity scene, not even the tree, kept it simple as myself and my 93 year old mum have had a rough time health wise. However, if I had gotten the wreath it would have been great to have these prayers to reflect on. You can vary them, modify them to your own heartfelt words, but they are a nice model to work with.
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson