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Saturday, November 1, 2014

My heart says ... Coping with the Lost of a Loved One


Life is really unpredictable and life is short, too.  Things in life unexpectedly can happen, no matter what it is and no matter how it takes.  No one is spared from experiencing this.  It is like an arrow that can strike you suddenly anytime and anywhere you are.  One must have endurance to keep one’s emotional state stable  with eyes looking up  and not down.  Looking at what are still beautiful in the midst of trials like, having people around you who still love and support you and things you have that can make you become more appreciative than before.  Counting our blessings can be a great help to soothe and lift up our spirit. On the other hand, respecting other people’s feelings and empathizing by continuously giving hope to uplift the person's moral can be very helpful, too. 

Happiness is definable in many ways and searching for it is limitless. But  having peace of mind and heart is the most indispensable matter in life that money can’t buy.  It can affect your whole being, if not controlled.  Any thing that happens, either within our control or not, has a reason, but the level of acceptance by the person concerned is hard to determine because healing process really takes time.    Along the path of healing, prayer is the most important source of all graces.  God is the perfect Healer of all.     


In our place where I go to mass,  there is a church named, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.  I love this place where I always visit the Blessed Sacrament.  Beside the wall, is a small Prayer Garden, they called, where every brick post has spiritual enlightening words according to St. Mark.    

Now, come and join me as I walk through this Prayer Garden. Be still and let us feel that God is also walking with us.  As you  make two steps into this garden, close your eyes and stay put where you are. Try to reflect on a certain part of your life or problem that you want to be resolved or analyze.  Open your eyes to take another two steps and be still.  Next, close your eyes again and express your feelings about the problem.  Open your eyes again to take another two steps and stay put where you are.  Then, close your eyes again and talk to our Lord about it again.  Spend more time in this stage while talking to Him. Open your eyes to take another step facing the brick post. You will see what our Lord has to tell you.   You can stop for awhile to sit in a bench provided and reflect more.  Continue this short walk with the Lord until you reach the end of the Prayer Garden. 



PRAYER GARDEN


Psalm 46:11

As I passed through the valley of tears,
Run I must go, but nowhere to go,
With confused mind and heart in despair--
“Be still and know that I am God,”
As softly whispered to my ears.


Mark 2:5

O’ Lord you have probed and know me,
You understand my thoughts from afar,
Your love is eternal and full of mercy--
  “Child, your sins are forgiven,”
 That brought me down to my knee.


Mark 14:36

Pain not to feel, please spare me--
“Abba Father, all things are possible to you,
Take this cup from me,
But not what I will, but what you will,”
Forsake me not, stand by me.


Mark 6:50

With teary eyes wandering around,
My spirit lightened up and looked above,
That gentle voice echoed through my heart--
 “Take courage, it is I.  Do not be afraid,”
As glowing light becomes fully abound.


Mark 9:23

Uplifting are your words You have spoken,
That put my mind and heart at rest,
  Endurance and strength  empowers me--
“Everything is possible to one who has faith,”
 With all the graces You have given. 

AMEN



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“Whatever your heart feels and says, it is the essence of who you are, what you are, and how you are.  Your heart is the engine of your body.  Maintain a good, healthy heart and be glad you did. 



1 comment :

  1. What a lovely poem and yet I can hear your longing. Your insight into happiness and hope certainly ring true. To God be the Glory!
    (Your friend from down south)

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