Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday, December 15

Psalm 63: 1 – 8, 98 
Amos 9: 11-15
2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3, 13-17
John 5: 30 – 47   

“Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” Psalm 63:7

As age and health issues over the last seven years lowered my abilities to keep up with my desires to do; now I needed to learn to be. That decision came with much difficulty. Fortunately I received good advice and wise counsel – which I finally adopted - from others who journeyed with me.  
Most recently, following two and a half years of treatment and self-care after a fall on the ice in Dec. 2016, I began to realize I had reached the highest level I could attain on this healing journey. Being pro-active, I had sought medical and complementary health care. I had, however, re-damaged previous injuries that did not recover as well as before including additional damages of the hip area.

I began praying for God’s guidance to help me accept my limitations with grace. So, when a Eucharist dismissal deeply touched my spirit, I chose to paraphrase it as my personal prayer: May I go in peace, glorifying the Lord by my life. Thanks be to God.

Over time I recognized what being meant for me—freely letting go of what I could no longer do, and doing what I could. It is about presence—with those I encounter in life; my relationships with family, friends, SSJD Sisters and Oblates; my prayer life and ministry, and church attendance and involvement as I am able. 

Once convinced, I felt content and relieved by allowing myself to live in this new found freedom—to be

To God be the glory.

Phyllis Beauchamp

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