For anyone with some experience with Ignatian spirituality, you probably recognize the title of this post as the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. I’ve prayed with this from time to time in the years that have passed since my 30-day retreat, and it still speaks to me. Here’s a brief excerpt and then my brief reflection…
God who loves us creates us
and wants to share life with us forever.
I think what strikes me most about these words is the sense of God’s initiative in our relationship. God has always had a deep desire for relationship with me, even before I was even aware that God existed. Imagine, God’s desire for…ME. I’m pretty sure that this is the one thought that most helps me keep going when life gets difficult. Knowing that God wants to share my burden, be with me in whatever I’m experiencing…it usually helps to lighten the load a bit.
I guess I’m focusing on the sharing my burden aspect because of the brutal week I’ve had with my work. This week promises to be only a wee bit less intense, so I need to really take it one day at a time. Probably you won’t see any long reflections from me this week, but I’ll try to check in with some similarly brief reflection from my prayer and/or life once or twice this week.