Learning To Love It All
For all that has been. Thanks
For all that shall be. Yes.
This is such a beautiful and challenging poem, isn't it? It speaks to the challenge of looking back with gratitude and love on all that has been, even the parts of the past that we regret or are too painful to call to mind.
It speaks to how "all that has been" is integral to who we are and who we are becoming. This should enable us to look back in gratitude over all that we've experienced--grateful for the lessons we've learned and the wisdom we've gained because of them.
This may take some work on our part. We may need to resolve issues, repair relationships, let the past go, and do what we must to find peace, wholeness, and health. But when we can look back in love and gratitude, we will find the path to peace much more quickly.
And this poem also speaks to how we need to live in hope for the future. The ability to say "Yes" to new adventures, opportunities, challenges, and newness is vital to a flourishing life.
Far too many of us are "Yes, but..." people. We qualify our "Yes" by adding caution and trepidation rather than just stepping forward in faith, trusting that God has us no matter what.
May it be so for you and me and for all of us. And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us now and always. Amen.