Last night I picked up a Benedictine Daily Prayer book to pray “Compline,” which is a prayer that completes and closes the day. I used to pray those prayers for years in the seminary, but hadn’t prayed in that way in quite a while. I’m not sure that I was praying or just reading through it. I was, however, struck by the message I was clearly receiving. And I am amazed what happens if we are open and respond to promptings within. Something compelled me to open that book and this is what I read:
“You have put into my heart a greater joy than they have from an abundance of corn and new wine.” Psalm 4
“With length of days I will content you; I shall let you see my saving power.” Psalm 90
“With my own eyes I see the salvation you prepared for all peoples!” Luke 2: 29-32
I was particularly struck by the passage from Luke. I had always remembered hearing “With my own eyes I HAVE seen the salvation prepared for all peoples.” I was struck that is was here in the present tense, “I SEE salvation prepared for all peoples.” The message was clear. A reminder that I am indeed seeing NOW the power of the Universe, the Divine Spirit. It is not something in the future, but something that I am seeing NOW. And this indeed brings a joy that far surpasses any passing pleasure found in things (aka, “an abundance of corn and new wine”). It is worth more than gold and brings an energy and excitement that is palatable. As I laid the book down, I gently smiled, grateful for this reminder and most grateful that I was indeed seeing good manifested in my life and the lives of others I have held in thought. One woman is seeing signs of physical healing. One other has been given the gift of realizing how very strong she is by confronting an injustice. Another is being opened to healing in his life as a result of her confrontation. Attachments slowly begin to fall away within me. Greater consciousness awakens.
Are you seeing NOW, a Power and Energy at work within you and those you hold in good thought? As you watch your thoughts, what positive things are beginning to manifest in your life and the life of the world?