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Angela Ashwin

Reflection for February


'Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'

Words of Jesus, Matthew 5:3

Being alone with God
means that we can hide nothing.
Any facades we might put on for the benefit of others
Distractions into which we could deliberately escape
have to go.

We stand here, before God,
exposed and unprotected,
aware only of our poverty of spirit.

And God comes to us
at the very point where we most need him.

My God,
I open my heart to you.
Pour your warmth into my hurts,
your mercy into my failings,
and your love into those parts of myself
which I cannot even name.

For that is everything.

'Behold I am doing a new thing,' says the Lord, 'now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.'
(Isaiah 43: 18-19)

Expanded and adapted from the Meditation 'Nothing and Everything' in 'Wait and Trust', Meditation 20, page 55,
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.