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Patient Trust

A funny thing happened last night.  Someone actually called me wanting to know when I was going to post my blog entry.  I would have never guessed that I’d now start getting pressure about the speed of my postings. I thought blogging was supposed to be relaxing and good therapy 🙂

Actually, that call, plus speaking to someone else today, just excites me more about this use of communication.  There’s a lot to learn, and it takes quite a bit of time, but I love it.  Thank you to everyone who has been following.

Now that most of my responsibilities at work will be much less pressing, I’m going to take a few afternoons off in the next couple of weeks and improve the way Making All Things New looks.  I want to get many more recipes up.  I want to make things clearer and more easily found.

I also want to ask you all a favor.  Please post comments!  One of my goals with this blog is to get people talking.  We should all be helping each other, not just hearing from me.

The other night, a friend from California wrote me an email about how much this blog is helping her.  Interestingly, I’ve never met her.  We know each other from taking an on-line certification program through the University of Dayton.  The courses are meant to help us understand how churches can do a better job teaching our faith to adults.  We’re just finishing the second of many courses.  Ugh.

When I was praying about making this dive into social communication, I was dreaming about what it might become.  It’s been a bit overwhelming, actually.  To think that people are waiting to receive a message from me is pretty amazing.  I’m going to guess it’s more about the boredom in this guy’s life than it is my lofty thoughts 🙂   (just kidding.  He’s busier than me).

Before I get back to my on-line course, I want to leave you with a thought entitled Patient Trust, written by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955),

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything

to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something

unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

some stages of instability-

and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;

your ideas mature gradually- let them grow,

let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try and force them on,

as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances

acting on your own good will)

will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit

gradually forming within you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

By seedthrower1

I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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