Friday, May 14, 2010

The Way, the Truth, and the Life in Me

Wow! This week marks the one-year anniversary of “The Parable of My Life.” When I started, it was inconceivable to me that I would be able to write faithfully every week about what God is teaching me in the ordinary moments of my life. I didn’t think I had what it took to achieve something that ambitious and I was sure that I didn’t have anything in my life worth writing about. But here I am one year later amazed at how much God has taught me in the ordinary moments of my life. This year has been filled with pain and joy, grief and celebration. I’ve shared vulnerability and strength, despair and hope. Through it all God was with me. He was the strength in my weakness to keep going and to keep believing that things would be better someday. He brought joy and laughter to fill the empty places of my heart left by the pain and grief and his radiant hope led the way out of the darkness of my despair. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life in me and that is what I hope to continue to share with all the Lord leads to this blog. Blessings to you all!

The Way, the Truth, and the Life in Me
Jesus is creating in me a new life.
One worth living.
One that is filled with love and joy,
with hope and anticipation.
Even when I’m sad and despairing,
His hope fills and embraces me.
His hope is the rock I stand on to gain my footing
and it’s the light that guides me in purposeful living.
Step by step He leads me to be actively involved in my community,
with a servant’s heart sharing my resources, my skills, and my abilities.
He is present in the great celebrations,
in deep devastation,
in every life situation.
He is alive and ingrained in the moments of my day.
He is the spark and the ability,
He is the forbearance and the drive to reach out to the needy,
to comfort the sick and the hurting,
to feed those who are hungry,
to bring peace to the factions,
and cry with those in mourning.
His will brings me to my destination
while His power works through me
to touch the hearts and lives of those I’m meeting.
What a blessing it is when He works through my words, my deeds.
For I too am transformed by those divine interactions.
Still there are times when I am unsure, hesitant.
Do I do this or that?
Do I commit to His will or my own?
Do I ask for courage and believe He will give it?
Or do I make an excuse and retreat?
To often, I go my own way and guilt torments me.
Emptiness fills me causing repentance to rise in me
clearing the way for His forgiveness to cleanse me.
Affirmation resounds that I haven’t lost His love,
His attention,
His salvation.
I don’t need to regain His affection
for He’s already reconciled my sin.
And no matter what I’ve done – I still belong to Him.
I know He will never abandon me
for He has poured His Spirit into me.
Joy is found in the way of Jesus.
Peace resides in the truth of Jesus.
And hope is given in the life of Jesus.
Alleluia and amen.
-Maureen Profeta

About the picture: Pgh, PA (May 2010)


Common Household Mom said...

I like that your poem/statement is in present tense.

Congratulations on the one-year anniversary of the blog! "Congratulations" doesn't quite cover it, though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, being vulnerable and faithful.

Alleluia and Amen.

Maureen Profeta said...

Thanks CHM!