There have been countless times when I have sat down at my kitchen table with pen and paper in hand ready to get my life organized. With big visions and lofty goals I have told myself that today would be the day that I make all that is chaotic, unseemly, frantic and downright messy new and fresh again. Today was unlike its older siblings. However the exercise of taking pen to paper often undos many thoughts of the mind. What I had hoped would happen often takes shape into something different. Life still rolls on and I somehow mananage to keep all moving forward in my home...not seamlessly, but moving. And I guess that is all I can minimally expect and the other parts...well all these parts I need to turn them over in faith to the Good Lord through his magnificent Mother. And thats the rub...how? How do we consistently let go and let God in, in the midst of a world where a mom needs to constantly be vigilant about what her family comes in contact with. Where and how can we make the room within our daily lives to have the quiet essential time with our Lord that we so desperately need to turn over the aching of our hearts.
While I agree that practices of sacrifice, practices of prayer & meditation, frequenting the sacraments are all non-negotiable...it all must however begin with a fiat much like Mary's. A yes to wanting Jesus in our life, a yes to wanting to make time for him. It is in the simple surrender of our own wants, dreams, passions, sufferings and disappointments to the hands and sacred heart of Jesus that we in turn can come to that saving grace our lives need.
Today I will not try to fret about getting it all "right", instead I will focus on saying no to me and yes to the Good Lord Jesus. May your day be full of His abundance and consolation in knowing that he is indeed waiting for your yes, and will carry you.
Till we are together again all my love and prayers for you!