All shall be Amen and Alleluia. We shall rest and we shall see. We shall see and we shall know. We shall know and we shall love. We shall love and we shall praise. Behold our end, which is no end. (St Augustine of Hippo)
Much of the time we are so busy multi-tasking that there is no room in our lives for wonder, but in fact fullness of life is rooted in the ability to rest and the courage to let go and allow ourselves to attend to what is about us. The prayer has a lovely flowing movement, from resting to seeing, from seeing to knowing, from knowing to loving, from loving to praising. Augustine, obviously, did not think of rest as a time of idleness but rather as a time of harmony in our actions, when we cease to be out of sync with what is going on around us. Such resting in its turn will help us to see more clearly, and when our vision is clear we have a better chance of real relationships with our own being, our neighbours, the world around us, and with our God. When we love and are loved, propensities towards disintegration in our lives tend to disappear. Loving relationships lead us into joy and praise, and our relationship with God assures us of a joy that will last for ever.
(Poem and excerpt from ‘Occasions For Alleluia’ by David Adam)
Thank You that the Lord Jesus is our serenity and our peace. Thank You, that in Him we can cast all the worries, mental stress and cares that cloud our hearts into Your hands, for You have promised that You will take care of all our burdens if we will simply place all our anxieties on Your shoulders.
Thank You, Father, that the Lord Jesus is the heavenly Peacemaker, and we ask that the perfect peace of God and the supreme serenity of the Lord Jesus may rule in our hearts and minds so that it overspills into the lives of all with whom we come in contact today. We ask this in Jesus’ name,