Friday, July 29, 2011

To Every Thing There is a Season

God is a meticulous clockmaker, So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time. Neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each there is a time to love and a time to die.
Shams-i-Tabrizi, Sufi mystic (died c. 1248), 37th Rule of Love

With tears of frustration at being unable to care for herself, my 82-year-old charge cried, "Why am I still alive?" Her question wasn't rhetorical; she wanted an answer. Her soul quieted when I suggested that it wasn't her time yet, that God still had a purpose for her even in her frail state. With a purpose, we are "Energizer bunnies", propelling ourselves to and fro, doing all that needs to be done, but the trick is to keep up that positive energy when we don't see the big picture nor our purpose in it. Perhaps what motorizes us during those times of doubt is openhearted faith.

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