Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Prayer of Abandonment

I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this,
O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love
of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve
and with boundless confidence.
For you are my Father.
- Charles de Foucald

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tough Love

Some random thoughts on tough love.

Tough love . . . 
. . . is not mean love. It is still kind and gracious.
. . . has teary eyes not clenched jaws. It is firm, but not angry.
. . . is not judgmentalism under the guise of caring.
. . . is painful and heartbreaking for the one delivering it.
. . . is forgiving, but not permissive.
. . . uses a scalpel, not a machete.
. . . seeks to set people free, not to set people straight.