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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


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WOW. Just, WOW. I've got to copy down all those quotes... My favorite prayer is the Merton one that starts, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going..."

Thank you for this post!

He really could nail it in a single sentence couldn't he?

This quote has long been one of my favorites just for the way I sometimes mentally cringe when praying for God's will to be done. (We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.)

And this quote is new to me but so palpably true that I sense a new "favorite" coming on. (The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one's "own" or "real" life. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life.)

Thanks for these. :-)

You know, I had no idea that Lewis had even said the quote about wondering how painful the best for us will be... I'm so glad you posted that, because I had come to the same conclusion in my own life several years ago: It wasn't that I didn't trust that God loved me and wanted the best for me, I just had no trust that what was best for me would be at all pleasant, and that crippled my ability to surrender to hope. But even when I wanted to despair, God wouldn't let me -- he gave me a hope too strong for me to kill, even when I tried.

And I'm delighted to hear that the Lion movie is good! I still haven't seen it yet and have no idea when I'll have a chance; hopefully within the next week or two.

Those are some hard truths. The one about unpleasant things being "interruptions" in one's life is particularly difficult...I'm going to be mulling that one for days, I hope. I think your response to it is especially thought-provoking..."I do not want to waste them by refusing to appreciate that." Your attitude to all of this is particularly humbling, Arwen, and I thank you so much for the continued glimpse into your life. I know this is so hard for you, but it really seems like you are truly seeking God and viewing this as not an interruption but a part of the journey may not make it any easier now, but I hope you will come through this leg of your journey closer to Him.

Wow, just wanted to delurk to say thanks for the post, and ended up going on and on...anyway, thanks. :)

You cannot, cannot know how important those things were for me to hear right now. Just know that God is using you beyond what you understand, and thank you.

I didn't even think of it in terms of "God doesn't love me," but rather "He's forgotten about me." And in that case, why not shoot for earth?

I had forgotten that bit from The Great Divorce. The part I always remember is the woman whose son had died early and who ended up basically being alive in the grave after that, always insisting that her suffering was *so much worse* than anyone else's. I'm prone to that sometimes. But less so now, I think, and for the most basic and possibly selfish of reasons: when I look back on the worst spell of my infertility, I want it to have a point. And it'll never have that if I keep retilling the same ground over and over.


Wishing you a most blessed Christmas, Arwen. May it be full of joy and peace and love.

P.S. We saw the movie last night ... I would love to hear more of what you thought about it.

I saw the movie this weekend as well, and loved it. I didn't expect much from it, so it was far beyond my expectations :-).

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." I don't remember this one - it's so profound. So real. So incredibly for me today.

(but also for me today, in a reaching attempt at something light - I did a meme, and tagged you. don't feel that you have to do it, but wanted you to know that I had done the tagging).

And the next time I say, I wish my life would get back to normal - I'll remember - the interruptions are my life too! Hang on to that hope - it's certainly from God. He is a God of peace and I pray that He gives you more hope, more peace, and above all, more everlasting joy in Him.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Some days I feel like I am drowning in grief. I am so blessed by your post and the fact that you are always pointing me back to the Lord. This month marks a very painful milestone for me and I appreciate all the encouragement I can get. Especially the kind that pushes me to grow.
The Lord clearly has you on a very important journey.

Arwen that is a precious meditation that can easily be adapted to include many types of sufferings and longings. I will be meditating on this for awhile. I think Our Lady is a pure and simple example of such total surrender, consider the Magnificat.

PS. Love the movie too!

I lv the quote "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." for it is so true. Every essence of grief feels like fear. Fear to be the one on the wrong track. Fear to be alone. Fear for who you've become. so many things...... I watched narnia too, it was a gr8 film. I'm glad that many children around the world will be exposed to the hidden message behind this film.

Thank you for your honesty and openess.

I was searching for a comment by Lewis and found your article.

Thank you. Far too often I feel this is a living hell and do not stop to thank God for the blessings He has before me and that He knows what is best.

I'm a baby Christian, actually struggling to know who Christ is in the scheme of things. I believe is a powerful creator. I fear God's power, and do not profess righteousness or that I am pious. I just want to know God and Know / have a relationship with Christ as I hear from the pulpit and from friends.

Thank you for sharing the prayer. I will apply this with trust in trust to be revieled, in due time, in His time.


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