Surrender to Love: Transformation Journey (Part 2)

Friday, April 12

4-12By Nancy Hylton of Seattle, Washington, USA

I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

—Psalm 121:1–2

As I walked quietly toward the main campground, I heard the forest awakening around me. A family of bald eagles was out for a morning ride on thermal streams above the camp. At first they were close enough that I could see their powerful wings, holding weight against the air—I could see them lift with subtle but powerful precision.

Higher and higher they circled into the clouds, until they disappeared Yet, I knew those eagle eyes could easily see me! Another gift—gifts upon gifts. My heart overflowed like the psalmist’s.

I was there for a women’s retreat, which was coming to a close. It was time for the final meal. A good friend walked up to me and directed my attention toward the woman whose burdens I carried on my heart. “You need to talk with her,” she said gently. “I know…thank you,” I replied, praying, “Lord, I know you have this handled, just show me what to do.”

I smiled and asked permission to sit down across from my burdened friend. Neither of us ate much, but our presence continued with little awareness of what was happening around us. I was prompted to tell her how troubled I was about her sense that she could not ask for or expect forgiveness from God.

Finally, almost in desperation, I knew the transformation experience on the beach that morning was meant to be shared with her. I told her what happened; that I felt as if in an ocean of love with every fiber of my being! I told her, “A God that loves like that, does not condemn anyone who turns to and seeks the Divine with a broken heart.”

We embraced as the retreat closed. I hoped I could help open a small pathway toward healing. I hoped I was an instrument of God’s love and acceptance. For my part, the experience on the beach that morning changed my life forever. I continue to feel God’s infinite love washing over me. I know my Redeemer lives, and I am called to struggle with others who seek his love.

Prayer for Peace
God who permeates the world with love, grow love in us that we might share. Grow healing and peace in us that we may change lives.

Spiritual Practice: Chalice Prayer
The chalice prayer is a form of intercession. Create a cup or chalice with your hands in front of your heart. Open your heart to God’s concern for the human family as you hold them in your chalice. See beauty and suffering as you lift the chalice and release hurting persons (open hands) to be blessed and healed by God.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will wash in your ocean of healing love.

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