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Reflection for the Season

 

WHEN LIFE IS HARD

 
'Jesus said to the storm, "Peace, be still!"
And there was a great calm.'
 
 Mark: 4: 39


When we have been hurt,
or feel churned up and angry,
it is good to remember
that to pray
is to immerse ourselves
in the infinite kindness
of God.

In Christ crucified,
God shares our human pain.

He is with us
in, through and beyond the storm.

In his presence
we can pour out all our griefs to him.

Here we are calmed,
healed,
forgiven,
and protected from the lure of resentment,
as we plunge into the limitless, tranquil depths
of the divine love.
 
 
 
'On the evening of the first day of the week,
the doors being shut for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood among the disciples
and said to them,
"Peace be with you." 
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again,
"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me,
even so I send you."
And he breathed on them
and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit."'
 
From John 20: 19-22

 
 
This is an expanded version of the meditation entitled After a Storm, in 'Wait and See' by Angela Ashwin, Published by Eagle, 
1997, Meditation 14, page 42.  This book and its companion volume
'Wait and Trust' are out of print, but illustrated copies are available second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' can be obtained from McCrimmons Publishers.