Saturday, March 21, 2009


I'm at that stage in the season of Lent where I'm thinking - enough already....
so this prayer/poem is a good reminder of who is actually in control of all....

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet, it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability -
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually - let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his[her] hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

This is from the prayer book "Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits."


Jayne said...


Cheryl said...

This poem is fabulous, Roberta, and speaks to where I am and have been for a long while. So, I continue to make the slow journey...


Rebekah said...

This touched and blessed my best friend and I very much.

Thank you, Roberta.