Two Words – God’s Grace
I came across an article entitled, Come To Me: Two Suggestions to Rest Your Body and Soul. It was in the October 15 issue of North Texas Catholic and written by Ali Hoffman. She related the following story:
I was talking to a friend the other day who was actively telling me all her upcoming plans, all the things she accomplished in the last year, and as she was telling me this, her eyes had this glazed look. I asked her, do you feel at peace? At rest? “Honestly, Ali, I’m utterly exhausted. I’m tired all the time, but I have this fear that if I don’t keep up, somehow I’ll get behind.”
I can honestly say that I haven’t experience a full-blown burnout over the past two years (I know. I’ve been there). But I have been weary, anxious, tired, discouraged which leads to anger, being short and impatient with others.
Ali writes that the words of Matthew 11:28-30 have had a particular power for her: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Bible is not just a religion book. It is Jesus Christ Himself talking to you in human words. Ali has found herself repeating three words – “Come to me” – over and over again. It has provided a special grace through these difficult times. Lately, two words have had similar power for me: ”Be still.” They’re from Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” I just repeat them… over and over again. Recently at a funeral, I related a similar experience I had several years ago. It was a rough assignment. Solutions were not forthcoming. I found great grace in reading the Scriptures found in the Liturgy of the Hours. One passage in particular got me through. It’s the Canticle of Jeremiah (John the Baptist’s dad) said near the end of Morning Prayer:
In the tender compassion of our God,
The dawn from on high will break upon us.
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.
I often said Morning Prayer just as the sun was coming up. The tactile experience of actually seeing the sun begin to shine while hearing the Word in my mind would get me, at least, through that day.
What are your two or three Words? Open The Good Book. Ask the Lord for His special words for you.