This is not some unrequited love.
Watching You from a distance
longing for You as You look the other way.
That is the lie that someone wants me to believe
It is two lovers running toward one another
after a long absence.
If I stop
You continue towards me
ever seeking our embrace.
Always the gentleman,
Your hand is extended eagerly
asking me to dance.
You wait for my response.
If I play hard to get
You don’t give up
You pursue this frightened heart
With gestures of love and affection
Winning it over one love song at a time
For the breadth, length, height, and depth of Your love
is beyond compare
an endless ocean
impossible to understand.
All You want is surrender.
Enveloped in Your arms,
I am loved just the way I am.
This time tomorrow, I will be a novice with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am excited and just a tad bit nervous for this beautiful, blessed, and big day in my life. This past week, I was on retreat preparing for my reception into the IHM congregation. It was a blessed week, and I used some of my time to create artwork, something I love, but don’t do enough. I would like to share the fruits of my prayer and contemplation, an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We were founded by a Redemptorist, and so we have a special devotion to this lovely lady. Below the image, I have included a Redemptorist prayer. Please pray for me as I continue to pray for all of you.
Mother of Perpetual Help, Woman of Eternal Hope,
your wordless gaze tells us so much about you.
Knowing eyes look upon us with tender love.
The slight bend of your head reveals such maternal concern.
While your left hand supports the Child, your right hand is ready to receive us, too.
Just as He feels the beating of your heart, so you encourage us to lead a life of hope and holiness.
Just as His sandal will fall on your lap, through your intercession may God pick us up as we stumble and fall.
Never let us be parted from you and your son, Jesus.
Lady of love, you invite us to place our hand where His fingers touch yours — near a heart of endless hope
So that we may be united often in prayer here on earth and joined forever with you in heaven.
People are hungry.
I pray that you feed them.
I hear Your voice, “Give them food yourself.”
But what do I have to offer?
A meager offering of bread
This is all I have.
Take my poor offering Lord.
I lay it down before You.
Transform my crumbs into an abundance
So that I become bread for others.
Inspired by Luke 9:11-17
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” John 14:27
The world is swirling around us
Too easily we get caught up in the turmoil and distress
Our hearts become restless, frantic, and fearful
Jesus gives us the gift of His peace
If we allow His peace to sink into our hearts
We begin to slow down and breathe again
While all of our problems will not disappear
Something greater happens
We are assured of Christ’s abiding presence and love
When the storm rages and threatens all that we hold dear
He is there to calm our hearts
When the thunder frightens you, run into His arms
He will hold you close
When the wind tries to blow you away, hold His hand
He will keep you grounded
When the rain pummels you, follow His footsteps
He is the way
Storms come and go
But, the peace of Christ is always with us
Take a deep breathe
Allow Christ’s peace to fill you
Know that He is by your side
He will keep you safe a midst the storm
Hope is God’s precious gift to us
It brings us closer to His heart where Truth resides
The Truth that God’s love is unconditional
The Truth that we have been redeemed by Christ’s blood
The Truth that suffering is only temporary
The Truth that there is life everlasting if we place our life in God’s hands
Hope tells us it’s okay not to have all the answers
It pulls us out of our self-centeredness
It draws our attention to the climax of human history
Christ’s death and resurrection
Hope allows us to immerse ourselves in this great mystery and be transformed
Transformed by dying to ourselves and living in Christ
In all our brokenness, there is healing
Amidst our trials and suffering, there is something greater being worked out
Hope renews our vision
It helps us see, not our will,
But God’s will woven into our lives
His will for us to be instruments of His love
In an often dark and lonely world
Hope brings light
Where there is light
Darkness cannot overcome it
Never lose hope.
I cast my fears and my worries
Into the ocean of Your grace.
Let the waves crash over me
Drench me in your love.
Let the wind, the Spirit, surround me
Fill my soul with hope.
Let the sun warm my heart
Shine your light within me.
Let my feet sink into the sand
Give me strength to do Your will.
Your grace surpasses the horizon
It is present on every shore.
Lead me to the water Lord.