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Prayer is an expression of who we are... We are a living incompleteness.
~ Thomas Merton, Trappist monk
We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment.
Are you good at helplessness?
My kids sure have that down - some days. Quite well, I might add.
When my near six year old, willingly picks up my near three year old (who just so happens to weigh pretty close to the weight of her older sister); toting her across the room, etc. But, for whatever reason, she simply cannot carry her own pair of shoes upstairs (cause they're too heavy...?)
or, help bring in a small bag; an easy bag, of groceries...that which practically weighs the weight of air!
I say, where there is a will there is a way.
I love this next quote! it's so, so true...
Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses. ~AnonymousAnd, I sigh. I wish I had the heart of Christ in these moments and give grace the same way He does.
Except that I don't. I encourage independence and self-sufficiency. And, I get ruffled when that doesn't happen when and as I expect. Other times... my daughters self-sufficient independence is too great for me to handle. And - I beg her to "let me help"..
The thing is. In prayer. Jesus wants our helplessness to be our reality. This is why prayer works. We need HIM! We rely on HIM. He is able - where we are not.
That is completely opposite of what I said earlier - of what my expectations are of my kids, when I want them to not act so helpless.
Oh, I'm so enjoying reading this book right now...
I'll leave you with this encouraging Scripture from 2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
I don't know about you - but, today, I'm feeling helpless...and helplessness is a good thing.
However, a helpless-dependence (on Jesus) is even better.