—My dear friends, I hesitate to share this post, but I do so in hopes that it may lessen even one person’s pain. I wrote it this weekend. This morning, I awoke to a phone call informing me of a friend’s personal tragedy. Will you please pray for the O’Rourke family: Amy, Eileen, Mary, Andrea, and Stephen? Their father/husband Patrick, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty. They are relying on the power of prayer.—
“When you’re desperate to know what God wants you to do, when you’ve surrendered everything to Him and need His direction, but you hear nothing…What do you do?”
She paused. Acknowledged the struggle. And then, with wise counsel, Andrea responded:
“You praise Him.”
I didn’t understand it until then. Years ago, a friend explained her own stress: their van died, leaving the family of eight with no transportation.
But she was smiling.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “We’re just praising God anyway! He’ll provide for us.”
Your van just broke down, and you’re praising God, I thought. Why? No transportation in not a good thing.
I was baffled.
But hearing Andrea say those words? I got it.
I had centered my focus on my problem. The worry of it consumed me.
It was like childbirth: the more I focused on how much it hurt, the worse it hurt.
What if I turned my attention somewhere else?
All those qualities of God we named a few weeks ago? The ones that are true yesterday, today, and tomorrow? There’s my praise material:
Our God is a mighty God! What with his business of creation, sea-parting, and a little thing called salvation…I think He can handle my problem.
I need to look up, not in front of me.
Then my fear, my anxiety, my paralysis, my striving…it dissipates.
“Eucharisteo [thanksgiving] always, always precedes the miracle.”
–One Thousand Gifts, page 72
Response: We lift them up to the Lord.
Response: It is right and just.
Priest: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
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