Embrace the Now


"Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don't know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better."

    Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet)

OH! I’ve wished for nothing so much as to change. And here I am; change upon me and I’m asking God why it’s all moving so fast and why I can’t just settle into the known and the familiar again. It’s time to stop fighting the change and to see it instead as the way to wholeness.


Jesus, grant me the grace to see You at work in the midst of trials. Help me to have the perspective necessary to embrace the now, to uncover its joys, and to allow it to have its way with my soul, for Your glory. 


Take a walk, preferably with someone you love. Notice the beauty in the change of seasons. 


I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my morning run.