It’s been that kind of week. Friends and family members and even strangers struggling with relationships, with money, with jobs, with no place to live, with a new diagnosis and, with death and dying. All in one week.
It would be easy for me to say I’m exhausted and that being a listener takes it’s toll on my energy. It would be true. Empaths will know what I mean. It would be easy to try and run away and hide when it gets to be too hard. Then I remember how grateful each of the people were to have someone to talk to. Someone who is not a professional counselor or someone who wanted to fix them. I am just someone who cares.
I would not, will not, cannot change who I am to make myself feel better. I am forever grateful for the ability and willingness to be there when needed. What strikes me, however, is how much turmoil exists in the world at the moment. We all know it. It’s everywhere. Today more than ever it is too easy to be pulled into the distress of the world. There is so much at stake.
My Minister (who is also my friend and business partner), Rev. Richard Burdick, has a something important he would like to know when people come to him for advice:
“Tell me about your prayer practice.”
Without a daily practice of prayer (or meditation) the world can easily spin out of control. We pray to God (or someone) all the time asking for help and guidance. We want things the way we want them and God needs to do that for us. Why else would God exist?
How’s that working?
The more you demand, the more you will think this prayer stuff sucks. God is not at your beck and call. Sorry. It doesn’t work that way.
What God will do is listen to hear what you need. Not what you want. Once you realize this, everything changes. Slowly, you become more clear. You begin to remove the obstacles and allow God to do God’s work.
There is a wonderful essay on prayer called the Golden Key by Emmet Fox. You can download it for free here. This short little essay changed my life. Every single time I have put it into practice it has worked. Every time.
I will continue this thought in a future post, but, hopefully, this is something to get you started if life is sucking right now. And please know that I am right here and I am listening. Always.
From my heart to yours, Diane