Some people sail through life seeming not to be touched by difficulties. They appear to be in charge of their life, in control. But this is not always so for some people, for at times they become confused by the word “authority,” and just who it is who has that authority in their life.
Many years ago, a congregational member shared something that lay deep and heavy on their heart and soul. During my first visit with this person, they risked sharing for the first time what had happened 30 years before. Because of this experience, this person’s life had been shut down. This person could not sleep at night, they lived in fear, they never married, never got on with their life. Who had the authority? Certainly not God. The perpetrator was still holding authority over this congregational member.
Through our many visits and prayer, this person’s heart began to open. God’s light and love were able to shine in and through. There was new life, healing and peace, as this person approached death two years later. The perpetrator no longer held authority, God did.
Loving Creator, help us to remember always who has the true and loving authority in our lives and in our hearts-you alone. Amen. — DS