December 17, 2020: A Prayer During Troubling Times by Sr. Margaret Proskovec, ND

There are many ways our hearts are troubled these days, seeming to come from all directions. A simple prayer I learned some 50 years ago by Marshall comes to mind often and speaks to the deep longing in my unsettled spirit.

“O God, when we long for life without trials, without difficulties Remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Dr. Peter Marshall, U.S. Senate Chaplain, Jan. 1947 – Jan. 1949

Similarly, in John 14:6, Jesus encourages his disciples – and us – saying: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” Jesus doesn’t mean for us to ignore the realities of life, but to find our way by facing the truth from the heart of what is happening… that makes growth in strength and grace possible.

Our Savior invites us to respond in loving, caring ways with trust and faith in God’s power working with and through us, no matter what reality may throw at us, no matter what our limitations may be. So, as Christmas approaches, I long for the empowering presence of the One who is “the Glory of God’s own Son, full of Grace and Truth” to enter more fully into our troubled hearts. (Cf. Jn. 1:14)

~Sr. Margaret Proskovec, ND