It's been a hard week. I had a situation occur this week that really hurt me.

As a result of this hurt, I went researching others' hurts and how they have handled it and don't you know, I ended up blessed to find these two nuggets. I had read both before, but very long ago, and they hadn't stuck the way they will now. So I thought I might share them with you, in case you are having a hard week as well:

 

Let nothing upset you,
Let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins all it seeks.
Whoever has God lacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

St Teresa of Avila

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

Augustine


Both of these brought me great comfort. (The only glitch I had was when I found some really vile commentaries on the Augustine quote – fighting over what was essestial and what was non-essential….the irony of the situation seemed to be lost on all involved.)


The other thing I found was some great writing on how often we focus on what hurts us and how unfair that is to the people that love us. Why do we give our attention the minority rather than the majority? I had some really great things happen this week, too. All in all, I'm up, right? But no, still my heart is heavy. Perhaps it is because God gave us a heart for unity and peace. Strife is not inherently a part of our nature and therefore strife rubs at our heart much like a bad tooth. You know how when you have a bad tooth and your tongue just continuosly seeks it out….you don't even know it's there except that your tongue keeps going out of it's way to find it and remind you. That is probably a defense we've developed to keep from letting something fester…..hmmm.


So I'll let my heart remind me of this hurt for a while. I'll pray about it, learn from it, and if a path is found I'll try to find a fix for it. But I will also keep posting my thank you's in this most awesome month that takes us apart from our festering problems and asks us to look up and see the hundreds of blessings scattered all about us. This time of year that helps us focus on that majority that is cheering us on, lifting us up, making us laugh, walking beside us – even when it gets dark. Thank you dear majority.


Let nothing upset you,

Let nothing startle you.

All things pass;

God does not change.

Patience wins all it seeks.

Whoever has God lacks nothing:

God alone is enough.


Thank you, St Teresa.






 

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