08 June 2009

The Joy of Disappointments

My daughter and I experienced a bit of a disappointment lately - and it has been a blessing. In Divine Service 5, we pray: "Strengthen us by Your Spirit according to Your will, both in life and in death, in the midst of both good and evil things, that our own wills may be crucified daily and sacrificed to Your good and gracious will." So when something we hoped and dreamed for DIDN'T come to pass, it's not a time to complain or to fret. The Lord, who works all things together for the good of those who love Him, is eager to give us "more than we desire or deserve." [Collect: Trinity 11] We have our ideas and our plans and dreams. Let them all be shattered and broken! Let them fall to the ground and die! We learn with our Savior to say to the Father: "Thy will be done" and in union with Him we will have joy beyond anything we ourselves could ever choose or plan. What a way to live! And to die! Nothing can defeat the person whose prayer is "Thy will be done!"

2 comments:

revalkorn said...

You know, Father Weedon, you make it hard sometimes to hold on to a mope. Thanks be to God for you.

Dixie said...

I once had a disappointment involving our youngest son. I cried all afternoon but finally let go and embraced, "Thy will be done." While I still ached with disappointment I knew that, in the end, His will was far better than mine. And...in the end...it was. By a LONG way. I could not have imagined beforehand how this other path could have brought so much that was needed.

So sorry to hear of the disappointment but joy comes in the morning....