Thought for the Day

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From Sacred Space this morning:

There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (St Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love.

I note this because it echoes what I have said to others over weeks and years, not as a general principle but as a personal principle. Abandoning oneself into God’s hands is akin to leaping off a cliff, and unlike the scene from Indiana Jones the salvation isn’t in finding a hidden bridge heretofore unseen without the leap, but instead leaping off, falling the thirty or forty feet to the ground and finding oneself not dead because of it. The leap isn’t to cause our harm but because we need to go into the depths where God’s grace can form us, and this only happens far below the ridge from which we leaped. Others stay and dance, look down and look around. Those who leap, leap into the depths to find new trails and new visions and new realities. But, the fall… it’s bruising and breaking. There’s no getting around that.

This is why there are very few who realize what will happen, and very few who will even believe when others talk about it. To be one who leaps and trusts in God’s ultimate salvation to save and to shape us is a foreign reality. The peer pressure keeps us from leaping. It’s a foolish thing to leap from a cliff, but it is a really foolish thing not to. And once you do leap, there’s no way back, so one might as well do some exploring and see what turns up, and see how God proceeds to shape.

I pray for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love. I pray for faith, real faith, even as I am bruised and battered and a wee bit lost here today in the deep chasm.

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