A year ago, one of my young friends was in a terrible car accident. This week we celebrated her life. Her 24th birthday, and she is walking and talking and trying to build her future. But recovery is long. Her balance is not totally back, so she walks with a cane. Many days she is depressed because she isn’t sure what the future will hold. What is there to do now?
When I don’t know what to do, I think about the ministry of presence. Sometimes that’s all we have. Prayer is presence, the willingness to sacrifice–to give of ourselves to service. Humble our own egos and respond to God’s call to love. That’s it. Love. Sounds easy.
The doorway to true joy is not the need to be loved, but the need to love.
Open the door, welcome the one who has made us all, and free your soul to love without judgement, without ego, without expectation.