Lately my spirit has been contemplating what it really means to be poor and surrender all. If I admit that nothing at all is mine, and truly everything is God’s, then what will become of me?  If I give up my possessions and follow Jesus, certainly my life shall be transformed. But, what if I also give up my dreams, desires, hopes, pride, ideas, time, preferences, feelings and thoughts?  Nothing at all is mine, all is gift that is temporary and belongs to God. I am asked to pass the gift.

Maybe the the surrendering will  transform me.  Can I stop clinging from the outcomes that I desire too?  Can I truly be open and trust? Will I let Love lead the way?

  1. Whew! A beautiful mantra: “Maybe the surrendering will transform me. Can I stop clinging from the outcomes that I desire too? Can I truly be open and trust? Will I let Love lead the way?”

    Here are words from Fr. Richard Rohr (that I read after your post and tuned into the song) in today’s meditation from the Center for Contemplation and Action:

    Jesus speaks these eternal words from the cross: “My people, I am yourself. I am your beauty. I am your goodness which you are destroying. I am what you do to what you should love. I am what you’re afraid of, your deepest and your best and most naked self. You are afraid of the good. You are afraid of me. You kill what you should love. You hate and fear the very thing that could and will transform you. I am Jesus crucified. I am you. And I am all of human history.” Yes, the Jesus story is the universe story! — From Fr. Richard Rohr, Adapted from Hope Against Darkness:
    The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety, p. 37

    How do we trust that our surrendering is part of the universe story of surrendering? I think of the seasons, of the trees turning, and soil hardening, and gardens fading, as we lean into fall, and embrace the letting go of our own foilage of sorts….

    Peace, Prayers,

  2. Julia, very beautiful,it is all gift, but so hard to live.
    reminds me of the prayer I try to say and mean everyday that is central to my Ignatian spirituality, The Suscipe:
    Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To you, I return it. All is yours, do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that enough for me

  3. Ah, great thoughts my friends! Thanks!

    One of my questions/struggles in response, however, is about letting go of the outcomes. Ben, in the Ignatian prayer it even asks for very specific things in return of our sacrifice. I know it’s ok to ask God for things… but I wonder if I am really free enough within God to feel okay with whatever comes after I let go.