Monday, April 18, 2011
Lately I've been praying for many people who are sick. God is showing His grace and restoring health and well-being to those afflicted. It is so refreshing to observe His healing power wash over loved ones with the gentleness of a spring rain.
Prayer is such a powerful thing. Jesus prayed through the night alone in the garden. Prayer is not just about asking but also about listening. Myrtle Fillmore says that it "lifts the individual into a wonderful sense of oneness with God, who is Spirit, the source of every good and perfect thing." Prayer helps us let go of our burdens, anxieties, worries, concerns, and find rest, renewal, peace, and serenity instead. We come away from prayer ready to take on the world.
When Jesus said, "Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit," I think His earlier plea that the cup be taken away now became a release for Him and a cause of rejoicing when He gave Himself over completely to His Father. At that point the Atonement became the At-One-Ment. He was One with His Father, and the darkness turned to light. Fear and confusion were replaced with love and understanding, and all was well with the world.
All of us have experienced loss whether it is the death of a loved one, a divorce, or even the loss of a job. When external circumstances change in such a way for us, we can look to Jesus as our example and realize that no matter what happens to us, God has the final word. His divine plan is taking shape. God is merciful, kind, and loving. Because of these attributes, He has only good in store for us.
Instead of dwelling on the crucifixion, we can rejoice in the miracle of the resurrection. New life is awaiting us! There is hope after all.
Light and Love,