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The Price of Invulnerability

TED Talk by Brene Brown — I have never heard anyone else speak with such wisdom on this topic. This one is worth seeing. I can speak with certainty that this video will apply to you, no matter who you are.

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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

by Henry Francis Lyte

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my All shalt be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known;
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.

Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends may shun me;
Show Thy face, and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure!
Come, disaster, scorn, and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure;
With Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee Abba, Father!
I have stayed my heart on Thee.
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather,
All must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me,
‘Twill but drive me to Thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me
While Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation;
Rise o’er sin and fear and care;
Joy to find in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee,
What a Father’s smile is thine,
What a Savior died to win thee;
Child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste, then, on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer;
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close the earthly mission,
Swift shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope soon change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

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How To Pray

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“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears — of everything that concerns you. Converse with Him confidently and frankly; for God is not wont to speak to a soul that does not speak to Him.”

–St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

Alone

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If you had asked me a year ago how I would decide, if given one wish guaranteed to be granted, I would have immediately cured the world of loneliness. I have since retracted that statement. I used to think of loneliness as a miserable and hopeless feeling that kicks you when you’re down and only serves to feed the flame of your mistakes. I thought nothing good could ever come of loneliness. I have recently reconsidered. I tried to imagine a world without it, and it seemed strangely incomplete. I did not expect to think that. I realized that loneliness has enkindled some of my most fervent prayers. I would never take back the irreplaceable moments I’ve spent immersed in my deepest, most life-changing prayers. I’ve realized how loneliness reminds us to draw near to people, contribute to a community, depend on God, have a prayer life, and discover the beauty of humility. Loneliness is a strangely beautiful thing, but I probably would’ve laughed with cynicism if someone had told me so before now. If anyone had dared to convince me, of this opinion I’ve since stumbled upon, I would have thought, “Well, then you couldn’t possibly know what it feels like.” Instead, I have come to a sort of peaceful acceptance of this inevitable human emotion. It is part of the human experience, and no one is exempt. Suffering, imperfection, discomfort, confusion, pain, loneliness, anxiety, frustration, and shame–I’ve learned an inexhaustible amount of truth and beauty from experiencing those dreadfully unavoidable emotions; those are lessons I would not replace. Loneliness is beautiful, so long as you remember to retain peace and remember in all moments that you are a constant recipient of a love so divine that you need none other.

We Cannot Escape Ourselves

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If you can’t find joy within yourself, with the Lord alone as your company, how will you ever find it with anyone else? People cannot make you happy; not really. Not even the person we admire most can save us from ourselves; the novelty of their presence wears off, and we inevitably sink back into that familiar realization. We cannot escape ourselves. Why do we try to? Being loved needs to begin with us; we need to discover how God loves us; and finally, we need to love ourselves. Identify those areas that you haven’t made peace with. Pray within those feelings. It burns to revisit them, but they will never go away unless you do.