1.17.2006

trust and life

When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at "the house of the dying" in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, "And what can I do for you?" Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him.

"What do you want me to pray for?" she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: "Pray that I have clarity."

She said firmly, "No, I will not do that." When he asked her why, she said, "Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of." When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed and said, I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God."

I really like that. I am tired of the world around me telling me through it's relentless spinning I need clarity, i need purpose that can be explained, I need success that can be measured, i need affirmation of everything I do, I need to need.

I think I will just keep walking along and trusting God that with each step He'll be with me. I'll just keep walking and meet things as they come and then send them on their way.

Yeah, I like that.

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