Self-emptying leads to abundant life.
(Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
This scripture verse is sometimes translated as, “there is nothing I shall want.”
Either way, I’d say it’s a foreign concept in our society.
Our consumer culture is built on the premise that people are supposed to want more…always.
The economy banks on the hope that people feel they need something else.
The advertising industry is always telling us we lack just the thing that it can satisfy.
And yet the psalmist tells us that God is the one who leads us and that with God as our guide…we lack nothing.
And when I give all…I paradoxically have all.
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, I return it. Give me only Your love and Your grace, for this is enough for me.” – St.Ignatius of Loyola
One good way to experience this awareness of God’s abiding Presence and fullness is to practice some form of meditation.
I practice a Christian form of contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer.
It’s a practice of self-emptying and living in the now.
When I am fully present to each moment…I realize the same Love that is sustaining the universe is sustaining me.
I lack nothing.
I am filled with joy.
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Remember…God loves you!