07 July 2006

Have Joy in This Day




Anna Blake-Godbout

Have Joy in This Day

Have Joy in this Day
for we are son and daughter,
sister and brother,
mother, and grandmother, father and grandfather.
Most of all, we are a Gift …
of Courage, of Life, of Love
entwined with Determination and Faith.
Together we have walked
the rugged paths of our own cragged mountain;
and soared with eagle's wings in God's open skies.

As the dearest of friends and family
we have come to weather the storms and the sunshine
of each season that passes its winds through us.
For God gave us such blessings
in celebration of Life's wonder and its mystery
to be there for one another,
to give us a place of peacefulness,
surrounded by His cherished moments
of giving each other Love and gentle Strength
in our Prayer, in our Song and in our Living.

As we come upon
the rugged paths of our mountains
let us hold one another high with outstretched hands
in the sunshine of His golden wings,
as we listen to the music of our hearts
treasuring our memories, our hopes, our dreams.
For we will be here, always, for each other
bonded forever in our humanity …

for now time is upon us
as God has given us our moment
to Have Joy in this Day and Beyond.

© 2006 Anna Blake Godbout, My Words, My Time


05 July 2006

A happy moment

Here we are on the pitcher's mound after Jackson's team won the Dizzy Dean Baseball State Championship on July 3, 2006, in Hernando, Mississippi.

Prayer of Abandonment

Nan C. Merrill, author of Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, reveals a bit about her childhood in an interview. Here is an excerpt:

My greatest fear growing up was of abandonment. My father was a traveling salesman. He was gone maybe 3 weeks out of the month. My mother was a very, very fearful person. Both of them had grown up with either various parents or no parents. And so I got this abandonment thing. A big part of my therapy was dealing with the fear of abandonment. And when I went to Detroit, I was introduced to the Prayer of Abandonment from Charles De Foucauld:

Beloved. I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me what you will.
Whatever You may do, I thank you.
I am ready for all. I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and all your creatures.
I wish no more from this, my friend.
Into your hands I abandon my soul.
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart.
For I love you and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands
without reserve, not without boundless confidence.
For you are the heart of my heart.

It’s been the prayer of my heart for over 20 years. It delights me that I have changed from fearing abandonment to choosing to abandon myself. So that liability has been turned into one of the greatest gifts of my life.

Be like water

THE HIGHEST MOTIVE in life is to be like water. It fights nothing or no one. It flows from and back to its source and in the flowing smooths and wears away all resistance.

Taoist Proverb