What came into being
through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
“Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me [begins crying] show me the way . . . show me the way.” — George Bailey
Sometimes, in our darkest hour . . . when we are most desperate . . . our heart breaks open and we discover glimmers of hope and life-giving light. And in that deep, soulful place, we can remember whose we are . . . and who we are called to be . . .
It’s been more than 44 years since I was diagnosed with cancer. Those years of treatment between ages 13 and 17 took me to the edge. There was a lot of darkness. More than once, I felt like giving up.
Yet, through the struggle and deepening trust in God’s grace, I discovered a lasting gift that has even grown over the years.
When I can let go, and am honestly open and prayerfully present, I am much more likely to discover God’s way, and join in what God is already doing. It’s easy, yet incredibly hard. Simple spiritual practices (such as Centering Prayer) have become “Clarence the Angel” for me, to help me get out of the way and let God show me the way . . .
God of light and love, You make all things new and overflowing with your life-force. Help me remember to slow down and listen, to let go and open up, to discover how you are working for good this day . . . right now. And give me the courage to respond to your loving call. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.