Lord, you have blessed me with more human years than you even blessed yourself with My forty years are a mere shadow to your timeless self But in your 33 human years you changed to course of humanity Steering all of us from death to eternal life. Embracing our lives unto our death.
My prayer today is a simple one From my simple self A prayer of gratitude and grace A Noticing of your presence for forty years
For forty years I have felt Your nearness in your world of distance My longing for you to be visible in your invisibility My desire for you to be tangible in your mystery And yet you are closer to me Than the breath of my very life And the pulse of my heart beating with the rhythm of life that you have graced to me.
Through the love of a wife who brings me your grace Family that nurtured me into adulthood Friends who support me and colleagues who challenge me Through it all you remain hidden within those interactions and often paradoxically all too easy to find.
Lord, you often call me to places that I'd rather not go To people I'd rather not see. I shuddered in your face in the ramshackle house of Nicaragua where poverty deprives others of a life I often take for granted.
I see your face in the young, who often do not know or trust That you are all they need. The chaos engulfs their desires for security and community where they long for peace and contemplation-- and ease in a world of dis-ease
To do your work I need to know that in fact, the love of these brings me to better know myself and more importantly to know and see you within the very breath of life--mine and theirs.
Even in the least of your creatures, I am reminded of your care for me In the warmth of the puppy dog on my lap with his slurps and barks and love of simply being.
Truly being alive means seeing grace. Truly being alive means loving those whom I meet. Truly being alive means loving my love, Marion Who graces me with a love beyond my comprehension a love that again easily brings me to see you in her.
Today I am alive and am filled beyond belief with the grandeur that is God's love And it has been more than enough for forty years...
And it will be more than enough... forever and ever. Amen.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.