Surrender

Wednesday, October 9

10-9By Sara Parkin of Midlands, Michigan, USA

Do not turn away in pride, fear, or guilt from the One who seeks only the best for you and your loved ones. Come before your Eternal Creator with open minds and hearts and discover the blessings of the gospel anew. Be vulnerable to divine grace.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163 10:b

(Part 8 of my journey with Alzheimer’s Disease) Surrender your will to God. All my life I struggled with these words. To me it meant to give up; follow the leader; don’t have a mind of your own; or do it their way.

In 2005 I learned a new word—vulnerable. “Be vulnerable to divine grace.” Because of my disease I was struggling with my body, my brain, my emotions, my spiritual life, and did not know what to do. I was led to go on my knees and to say: God, I can’t do this anymore. I will do anything you tell me to do. I surrender. I am vulnerable.

I made a promise to follow the Lord’s will for the rest of my life. I don’t always want to do what God wants me to do, but if I don’t, I mess up. When I do what God wants me to do, it is a blessing. God lets us use our will freely and we can choose to make responsible choices. I pray every morning, sometimes on my knees, in a chair, or in bed and I want to end the prayer by saying: Lord, help me remember your will not mine.

Sometimes, I forget to pray. Just now I had a nudge to remember that Christ had a choice to walk away or walk to the cross. I don’t want to walk away, but if I chose to do my own will, not God’s will, I feel like I would be on my own. I would know what I did wrong and pray for forgiveness and God forgives me. Thank You Lord!

Prayer for Peace
Eternal Creator, you seek only the best for us. It is ours to take or leave. May we always choose to follow you. May we not walk away from the decision to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will open my mind and heart to your guidance for responsible choices.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Betty Robinson

     /  9 October 2013

    Once again your DB writings have a message for me………and to help me understand that word ….vulnerable……
    Thanks for sharing your life journey with us.
    Blessings to you,

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