Returning to God

Returning to God

I share the following reflection by of one my favorite authors, Madeleine L'Engle:

"In our own small ways most of us have witnessed miracles  of healing; sometimes they have been miracles of selflessness, when we have truly listened to someone else.  Listening is one of the greatest healing instruments, not listening with self-consciousness, but with complete focus on whoever needs to unburden grief or sin or betrayal.  And then, usually, we are exhausted and need to go for a quiet walk alone.

I saw this after my foot surgery when my friend Marilyn once again came to stay with me and take care of me and, incidentally, take care of all the people who dropped in, including two who came to stay for several nights for reasons of weddings or meetings or whatever.  I could see her getting more and more emotionally exhausted, and finally I would see her putting on her jacket and going out and walking until she was refilled enough to come back in.  . . .  Should I have canceled all my commitments and not have burdened my friends?  I'll never forget Marilyn's making a game of tossing my  folded wheelchair like a discus into her van.   And I'll never forget people who came to me with pain of body and spirit far worse than mine.  

In our own lives and the lives of our friends we can understand Jesus' need to leave everybody and go off alone to pray, and we need to take heed of his example, and not feel guilty when we follow it.  Most of us don't leave our busy lives and return to God often enough.  My daily quiet time is in the evening after my bath when I sit in the big chair in my quiet corner for Scripture reading and the gentle service of Compline, where I can hold out the day to God for healing." 

from Bright Evening Star by Madeleine L'Engle


If you have not already done so, find your own quiet corner where you can return to God and hold out your day for God's healing.

Originally Published July 17, 2010