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Angela Ashwin

Reflection for January


The Lord says,
'I will put my law within them,
and I will write it on their hearts.'

Jeremiah 31:33

In the fourteenth century
the teacher Meister Eckhart
said that, when we pray,
we should make our hearts empty and ready
for God to write on,
like a newly cleaned wax tablet.

Blessedness, he explained,
lies not in our own actions,
but in our capacity to allow God to act in us.

My God,
I am yours.
Do whatever you want in me.
Inscribe your love in my soul.

'The first lesson we have to learn about prayer . . . is that it is God's activity in us and not simply a self-activated process of our own.' 
(Mother Mary Clare SLG, 'Learning to Pray', Fairacres Publications, p. 3)

Expanded from the Meditation 'Write on my Heart'   in 'Wait and Trust', Meditation 19, page 52,
by Angela Ashwin. Published by Eagle,  1997.
This book and its sister volume 'Wait and See' are out of print, but illustrated copies are available second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' can be obtained from McCrimmons Publishers.