Thy Will Be Done

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I wasn’t going to write a blog post today. I have so much to do. I wasn’t even going to read my Magnificat until bedtime. Then something came over me… Slow down. Put God first. Make time for Him… The rest will follow. So in the gold dust that is toddler naptime, I am ignoring the piles of laundry, the toys strewn on the floor and the messy counter top in the kitchen and I am pondering …

Thy will be done

When I was in my twenties, I was a surfer. Not a good one, but I could catch a wave, pop up and wobble on my board for a few seconds before spashing into the sea. Those moments were amazing… catching the wave and feeling like you were going from 0 – 60 in 3 seconds flat. I can still remember the exhilaration. Then, after falling off my board, there was the long, arduous swim back out to where the waves were breaking, swimming against the tide. It was haaaarrrd work. Sometimes I was battered by the waves. And that’s just how life feels sometimes.

Thy will be done

Society tells us we can be whoever we want to be and do anything we want to do. “If you believe, you can achieve”, right? There are women who have it all and do it all. Our culture is instant: instant messaging, instant answers, instant gratification. We have our jobs to do and errands to run and we want everything done, well, yesterday! But sometimes, when we are working through our to-do lists, it feels like we are swimming against the tide, as every possible obstacle life could throw lands at our feet.

Thy will be done

I am not saying if we choose to do God’s will that life will be easy. No way! To live as a Christian in today’s secular world is to live a counter-cultural life. Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection began with His agony in the garden. As the sweat of blood poured down his face, Jesus prayed to the Father,

‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.’

(Luke 22:42)

Thy will be done

I am not going to offer answers. I couldn’t. I don’t have them. But, as I sat down with my Magnificat I remembered the opening lines of the St Teresa prayer,

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours…

So, as I gather myself to prepare lunch, feed my daughter and call my husband, I remember that I am not doing my will, but God’s. I pray that through my words and actions I will be like Christ to my daughter, my husband, and everyone I meet today.

Thy will be done.

St Teresa of Avila prayer Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Christ has no body now on earth but yours. Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which compassion on this world.