I’d been conscious of the sound of rain drumming on the window all through the night – rising in the morning to a dark and very wet day.
My thoughts turned to those who had – for one reason or another – been in the unfortunate position of having to sleep outside – in the cold – in the wet – how miserable must they feel this morning – how difficult to begin their day soaking wet – cold – hungry.
Sitting here – -warm and dry – I can hardly imagine how it must feel – and yet sadly this scenario is played out up and down our land – every day.
A difficult situation – and I have to admit – one that so often rises questions in our minds – the ‘whys’ – the temptation to believe the worst about people in these situations.
Yet how often have I heard stories of how suddenly an individual has lost everything – through no fault of their own – and found themselves with nothing – and nowhere to go.
My heart is touched today. I am challenged – my very attitude to this ever present problem pushed into the light – for me to see – to examine – to consider my part – and I find the words of a song buzzing round in my head
“Holy – there is no one like You – there is none beside You -open up my eyes with wonder – show me Who You are and fill me with Your heart – and lead me in Your love – to those around me”
May I be more willing to be filled with His love – compassion and a passion for those less fortunate – to see through His eyes – to feel with His heart and to be willing to be led to those around me.
Another song that stirs my soul goes like this –
“ Stir a passion in my heart God – let it overflow – let it rise – Holy fire burn inside”
How I need to allow His passion to truly overflow in my life – to really see others as He sees them – to let go of indifference – and in the words of St Francis – reach out with love – pardon – faith – hope and understanding.
I make that prayer mine today – as I ask Him to overflow in my life.