Look, I don’t know how God does this loving thing that God does. I can only share what has been given to me in the way of life. Like a cooling balm on my burnt skin or a warm blanket when the goosebumps appear, God’s love is felt when I least expect it. Not so much when I cry out, or scream at the stars, or stomp my feet. Yes, God’s love is there, only I can’t see it. But when I give over to the pain, the poverty, and the promise...and sit there without expectations do I feel the embrace. I think God is telling us to sit still, let go and let your heart be filled. This is a great way to praise God, pray to God, and to be loved by God.
Charles de Foucauld once wrote a prayer of abandonment that expresses beautifully the spiritual attitude I wish I had.
Father, I abandon myself into your hands,
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.