We have nothing to fear from coming to meet a kind and loving God. We can feel free to bring all of our demons: our errors, our misdeeds, our failures, our defects of character—to God and know that God will treat us tenderly and kindly. God never abandons us. God loves us just as we are, with all our imperfections, talents, and gifts.
All that we are is a gift from God. Yet all too often we’re ashamed of our imperfections. We see our mistakes and feel we’re flawed beyond repair. Sometimes we’re possessed by negative thinking. When we become aware of our mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual limitations, we trust that God’s Spirit is moving to transform us and help us embrace a new way of being.
All that we are is a gift from God. We need to feel free to bring our talents and strengths to God too. Each of us has unique gifts to share. We can spend time in prayer and meditation to discern how best to use them. We have all we need to make a positive difference.
Our challenge always is to listen to the Spirit and go where it leads us. It may feel like we’re diving off a cliff into the unknown, but with faith in God’s goodness and love, we find the courage to take the plunge.
Ponder: What am I afraid to bring to God?
Prayer: Lord, you have made me in your image of goodness and love. I offer you all my weakness and all my strength. Show me how to use them to help others.
Practice: Today I will be faithful by presenting myself to God in prayer.
Adapted from Faithful Meditations for Every Day of Ordinary Time (Weeks 11Ð22)
by Rev. Warren J. Savage and Mary Ann McSweeny (Liguori Publications, © 2013).