Thursday, January 05, 2012

Visiting a Dear Friend

I did something for the first time today.
Something I've thought about doing for a few years now. There's no good reason I haven't done it before. I can only blame timing, and ignorance and uncertainty.

But tonight after work, and after the gym (not the best case scenario) I went to spend time with Jesus.
I went to Eucharistic Adoration.
This means that body of Christ is on display in a church or in a special side chapel dedicated to adoration - and the church parishioners dedicate themselves to have someone with Christ at all times.  (more in the link) The body of Christ is not to be left alone.

I went to the Garden Chapel of a neighboring church, as my parish doesn't have an adoration chapel.
I didn't know quite what to expect, but I have heard people describe their experience as sitting in the presence of Christ, very peaceful and comforting.

The moment I walked in, I was drawn in by the beautiful monstrance, holding the host. I genuflected, knelt down in a pew and looked at the body of Christ, instantly moved to tears! Here I was, sitting with the Savior of the World, my Lord and Savior! As comfortable as meeting with an old friend. A friend I should see more often.

It was peaceful. We had a conversation.
I asked my God to lead me where He wants me to go. I know I've been pushing for my own way for the past ... I don't know... ALL my years.  That's it. I give up. You show me the way. Please.


Anonymous said...

You surely read my mind with this post. For most of my years I've tried to force/mash/twist my life into what I want it to be, because naturally, I know what's best! But it's the times I've truly surrendered myself to God's will that amazing things seemed to happen naturally in my life. I go through the motions in prayer on a regular basis ("Please please please God show me the way" etc etc), but it's been a very long time since I've let go and just trusted in my faith. I think I will follow your lead and try to find that trust again. Thanks for inspiring me. :)

TRS said...

Glad to help!
It's hard to believe that your plan isn't God's plan. Especially when your intentions are all good and noble and family-like.

I think Eucharistic Adoration is my New Year's Resolution. Taking time to sit with God.