Inviting You Deeper: Belonging to Jesus

March 16, 2020

Late Friday morning, Chris and I began to get wind that our children’s school was looking to possibly close in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.   Both of us began to get very ansty as we heard the possibility of this happening.  Our concerns were about how in the world to make the logistics of work and school at home for our children work, but also about the reality of what we are facing right now around the world.  At noon on Friday, the Louisiana governor announced that all public schools were to close until April 13th.  Within an hour, all of the Diocesan Catholic schools followed suit.  

Text messages began to fly around between fellow parents, friends, and family, and it was hard to keep up with them all.  There was a moment Friday evening when I was trying to absorb it all, where I felt like any solid ground I was standing on was shifting.    Within my inner chapel, I felt myself crying out to God to for help and praying for all those already impacted.  

To this day, I am deeply thankful that God brought me a few years ago to the Psalms as part of my daily prayer.  The words rise within me often as words of comfort and hope.  Friday, the words of Psalm 40 welled up within me: 

Surely, I wait for the LORD;

who bends down to me and hears my cry,

Draws me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the muddy clay, 

Sets my feet upon rock,

steadies my steps (Psalm 40: 2-3)

These words poured over me like a healing balm.  The words anchored me and steadied my heart and also my steps the rest of the day.  Reminding me that even as the news is shifting hourly about the impact and spread of the Coronavirus, that we are not alone.  God is with us.   That while the communities we belong to, even our communities of faith, are temporarily pausing gatherings, that we still belong to Jesus.  I am clinging to this promise right now:  We belong to God.  

In the days and weeks ahead, I invite us to continue to make prayer our solid ground.  Let our time with God anchor us and steady our feet.   When we pause and go to our inner chapels, we are not entering an empty silence.  We are entering quiet with Someone who we belong to, who loves us, and who fully sees us.  Let the promise that we are not alone steady our footsteps in the days ahead.  Let us embrace that God is with us and we are not alone.  

May Jesus, the One whom we belong to, steady our steps and show us our ways to respond for the common good for all.  

Resources for Your Personal Prayer and Your Ministry:

  • Psalms & Scriptures
    • Psalm 27// “Teach me Your Path, O Lord”
    • Jn 14:27// “Peace I leave you; My peace I give to you.”
    • Psalm 46: 1// God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.”
    • Psalm 100// “Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds
  • Helpful Articles on Prayer during the Pandemic: 
  • Ways to Pray when we Cannot attend Mass:

Please continue to email me resources you are using or coming across so we can continue to compile them and share them for others’ to use.

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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