From Ann Glover O’Dell’s Midwifing the Soul:
I find myself
sustaining this frail being
torn between two spheres
producing living words
to last beyond the grave
and worldliness accommodated
by constant cache of fiction facts
for what would quench
and bring together both in
steady stream through daily pulsing life
this empty frame
pleading for the great “I Am”
to root so resolute
transforming my attachments
and divinizing me.
Meditation from Celia:
Draw Nigh to the Comforter
“You will no longer resist the process of purification, by whatever means the Comforter uses for you. It simply does not matter anymore:
“Why resist it? All I want is God!
“If it is dissolved in the mind in a split second, and you do not even notice it—fine. If it requires great tears and great experiences in the world—fine. What is the difference? They are really the same. It is because you have relinquished—through allowing—ownership of your pathway home. You have decided to let the Comforter take you home.” (“The Way of Transformation,” The Way of Mastery, Chapter 21, Page 255)
The Comforter, as we know, is the Holy Spirit. He is always present, always giving us solace in a sometimes difficult world. His emotional support will allow us to live through difficulties unscathed, even difficulties that are suffering and pain.
We have traveled far from our Maker. We have made drastic mistakes that have colored our minds and perhaps even our hearts. Drastic measures are sometimes taken by our souls to turn us back toward God and our home in heaven. Only when we recognize, however dimly, that these drastic measures, chosen by our own souls, are sometimes necessary to bring a light into our deluded minds, only then will we know that all the suffering and pain were worth it.
God only loves. Our souls make far more of the choices for us than we can know on this earth, in this world. And at heart we are all One.
Thank God that He did not abandon us in misery. The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, will always lend a listening ear and a surcease to that which troubles us, whether immediate or down the road. God does not abandon us.