The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me,‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. – John 16. 5 – 7

Life is a series of hello’s and goodbyes. And our journey is one of receiving and releasing.

Our daily life in the silence and stillness of meditative prayer teaches us how to let go – even of that which we most love. And to let be – welcoming whatever is occurring. It’s a quality of acceptance that is nurtured. And a disposition of consenting to what is given, and attending to that which is occurring.

Jesus models this receive-release dynamic, and also acknowledges that there is grief in the process.

It is the nature of the Spirit to take us beyond our grief at what has been lost or released, and through that grief or moment of confusion, help us enter into the flow of our continuing evolution toward the future – and what we will become because we have been through this. 

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