Ran into these this morning; really needed them.
When our hope is pure, it no longer trusts exclusively in human and visible means, nor rests in any visible end. He who hopes in God trusts God, Whom he never sees, to bring him to the possession of things that are beyond imagination. Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
We do not hope for what we have. Therefore, to live in hope is to live in poverty, having nothing… The only thing faith and hope do not give us is the clear vision of (God). We are united to Him in darkness, because we have to hope.
Hope empties our hands in order that we may work with them. It shows us that we have something to work for, and teaches us how to work for it.
Hope is the gift that I desperately need, but it is a severe gift. It is not a comfortable, warm and fuzzy naiveté. It is a mature, open-eyed relationship with reality and the One who stands above, behind and inside reality.
As with everything: It ain’t easy, but it’s simple.
There’s the prayer I pray—the words you speak, the words that form on my lips…
Our Father, who exists everywhere, always
Keep your Name set apart and special
May your Kingdom come, and your will be done
In my life and in this world just as it is done in your presence
Give us today the things we need for today
And forgive our shortcomings as we forgive other people theirs
Please keep us from harm and times of trial
And deliver from us from Evil
The kingdom is yours, and yours is the power, and the glory
Forever and ever,
… and then, there’s the prayer I live.
My ego, who lives in me,
Keep my reputation intact.
MY agenda come true,
MY will come be imposed
On everyone, just like it is in my mind.
Give ME everything I want (and I mean EVERYTHING) forever and always
And strike down those who think I’m less than “all that”
And keep me oblivious to mown faults.
For I rule this world, I have the power
And I get the the glory.
Forever and ever.
(And I don’t care if anyone agrees with this or not.)
It was a wake up call when I realized that the two don’t match.