Wednesday, July 2, 2008

God Alone IS Enough

Years ago, I loved the music of John Michael Talbot. I think I was intrigued by his vows as a lay monk. I also genuinely liked some of the music. A few weeks ago, I rediscovered his music. I had put him out of my mind entirely for the last 20 years, so the rediscovery was a shock. How could I have forgotten something for 20 years? How did I get this old? But this reacquaintance has been wonderful.

I am now over the fascination with his monk life, and more intrigued by the way he sings scripture and other spiritual concepts.The following words are from a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila, and they have been set to music by Talbot.These words have come to mean a great deal to me recently as I am working at acknowledging that I don't have to plot out in minute detail every aspect of my life or the lives of my children. At first the phrase, God alone is enough, seemed too simple, then it became a challenge for me. I think I am somewhere now between it being a challenge and a comfort. As I've spent time with these words, different parts of the prayer have spoken to different parts of my life. God alone is enough: what a glorious, glorious concept!

So let nothing trouble you,and let nothing frighten you,for everything
passes,but God will never change.Patient endurance will obtain
everything.Whoever has God wants for nothing at all.God alone is enough.God
alone is enough.Whoever has God,Wants for nothing at all.

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