6.21.2007

Patient Trust

A groovy sister friend of mine - who reads the blog and has noticed the unbloggables - sent me this prayer/poem the other day. It certainly fits the space where I find myself these days. Perhaps you'll appreciate the wisdom as well.

Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet, it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability -
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually - let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing that poem. I'm not too good with the patience, or at the moment the trust...
May the unbloggables clear painlessly and fruitfully all 'round.

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

Thank you for sharing that....Words of wisdom I can use for soem of my unbloggables as well...

Widening Circles said...

Yes, thank you for that. I've seen it before, but it's a good time for me to be reminded of it now.