Journey Into the Unknown
A prayer of St. Brendan
Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with you.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust you
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in your hands.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for you.
This week I began classes at a seminary with people from all over the world, bravely opening ourselves to the call, contemplation, and action of the Holy Spirit within our lives and communities. Many of us were already in the middle of some kind of ministry or another, with the hope that this further education will deepen and enhance it. Some of us take the risk of being completely thrown off courses we thought were God’s will for us, and onto an unexpected new path.
I am aware of the heartache associated with attachment to what we think our calls are. I am aware that we can be both passionately involved with pursuing goals, and lovingly open and curious to new ways to arrive at these goals. That balance is one I hope to grow more skillful at maintaining as more and more experiences even out the edges of my course.
What expectations for yourself and others in your life do you hold closest to your heart?
Does pursuing them give you endless joy; or does gripping to them exhaust you?
When was the last time you sat in the quiet and asked the Holy One what was yours’ to do in this moment?
Can you imagine a gentle flexibility in yourself that might leave an open space for new ways to reveal themselves, and new people or resources to guide you to appear?
May the Spirit of all that is, and all this is possible feel close at all times and in all places!