Monday, February 01, 2010


My hope is in what the eye has never seen. Therefore, let me not trust in visible rewards. My hope is in what the heart of man cannot feel. Therefore let me not trust in the feelings of my heart. My hope is in what the hand of man has never touched. Do not let me trust what I can grasp between my fingers.

Let my trust be in Your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability or human resources.

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude, Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1999, pp. 29-30

This is so close to what God has been showing me over the last year... We know so very little of his purposes for us, let alone for those we meet and serve and love. Our trust is all we can bring, a gift that can only be held  in open hands.


  1. Ahh, lovely. I think of the God character in The Shack - a black woman - catching some rays out on the porch and saying, "Mack, you have no idea what I am doing right now."

    We really don't. Sometimes I get a glimpse of it. Sometimes I bathe in it for a little longer. Sometimes i see a glimpse of it in a love that comes into me and is meant for others. And that last one is the most amazing of all, somehow.

  2. the quote has me thinking... glad I stumbled over here.

  3. A great quote, thanks for sharing... God Bless you on your journey...

  4. Mike, if you can stop by my blog and suggest any ideas or ways to go, I will greatly appreciate. This is the most hopeful I've felt in years.