By Henrita Frost, SSND
One day I asked myself what are you hungering for? I truly hunger for the presence of the Divine within – the God of compassion. For fleeting moments it happens and puff it is gone – my distractible mind did it again. Wait it is back! I entered the present moment again – briefly, but for sure – puff it is gone again. O God, I am exhausted by puffs – I beg, give me only presence.
Give me only the gift to rest in the compassionate heart of the Divine. I am grateful for fleeting moments of presence, but desire more and more the enduring presence. I am beginning to know it is possible, if I am willing to give my time and energy to stopping everything and surrendering all I am to the Divine so I can be in the ever present now. I ask myself are these just words or do I mean them?
My life has been a long journey of seeking the Divine and it will surely be so until I finally surrender my breath in its last moment. In these times, it is the breath of compassion for which I hunger and yearn to bring to our sorrowful times. Yesterday, I saw new life in the presence of a deer family taking a walk with their fawn. Life is surely a mixture of joy and sorrow. It is our journey to shower both experiences with compassion.