I had the great blessing and honor of writing a review for Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun. The author, Marge Barrett, happens to not only be a tremendous human being, but is also my beloved writing coach. If you have a moment, please read the review. But even more importantly, read her book. You will be changed if you do.
Secondly, I’ve been facing a lot of transition and change and shifting in my life, and feeling all the while pretty unmoored – walking, like Peter, toward Jesus on the waves of faith and completely wailing with fear when I start to sink. As I talked on the phone with a friend the other day about all of these waves of change, she said, ‘it’s a good thing Jesus is an excellent surfer.’
I loved that.
So if you, too, find yourself on the sea of change today where you are exhaling something and inhaling another, take courage. Jesus knows how to ride these waves, and his board is well-seasoned.
Today, Lord Jesus,
We lay down our personal, clenched hands salvation projects,
and now fall,
arms wide, eyes open,
into your ocean of grace.
Because you are trustworthy in what you say,
Faithful in what you do,
Tender in how you respond,
Patient in what you give.
You’ve taught us how to embrace the struggle….
to look at it,
hold it in our hands,
allow it teach us,
and let it lead us toward the new place
of dependence on you.
A gorgeous, expansive place of release and joy and trust.
You’re teaching us it’s not who we are
keeping us from you and what you desire,
but who we keep saying we’re not.
So at least today,
we let go of who are
that we might be stretched
into what we must become.
We’ll ride the waves
knowing grace upon grace
promises good land ahead.
In the name of the great Surfer,