So, before I dive in, let me give you a little insight into where I was and what was going on. In October, I got a phone call from my dad saying that he had a mass in his chest, that it wasn’t anything and he was going to be fine. As the days progressed, they discovered that this seemingly healthy man had metastasized Esophageal cancer what seemed like everywhere in his abdomen. He remained strong and courageous and he was going to “beat” this thing. I began to fly home to Louisiana every couple of weeks to be with him, to have those missing conversations, and to simply be present.
It is one thing to have a grateful heart and “to be thankful in all things,” but to be able to trust on that level of Mary in the Joyful mysteries, to trust in full abandonment of any expectation or any outcome. To have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving and praise. (Philippians 4:6) To trust God enough to praise him in all things.
Don’t get me wrong this is a daily struggle, but the beauty in the moment of the grace of gratitude and the beauty in the moment of the grace of praise is truly priceless!
Let us pray. Lord, we are humbled by Your plan. We recognize that our peace is dependent upon our openness to Your perfect plan. Help us to always carry an attitude of thankfulness even in times of uncertainty. You truly are our All, our Everything. AMEN.