He's in the middle of her pain ... Mercy brings life He's in the middle Mercy in the middlehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfsawi_d5LY When I got home I mentioned to my husband what had happened and I was surprised to hear that he had gone through the same thing just a few days earlier after he had taken Communion to a priest in the hospital. His description of the encounter was quite unremarkable, just like mine. And yet, he had the exact same experience of the groanings too deep for words. I realize now that these times of such groanings are wonderful and blessed gifts that cause us to transcend our earth-bound lives and enter into the mystery of God. We are lifted up beyond the need of empirical proof. We don't need facts and figures and logical arguments; it is enough that the heart knows that something extraordinary is happening. We don't need words because they are quite inadequate to describe the width, height, length and depth of God's love (Ephesians 3:18). I even wondered how I could craft a column about this experience given the inadequacy of words. I am grateful that I could even get this rough description down on paper, for as I write, I can relive that amazing moment of grace. And, better yet, I was afforded the opportunity to experience such grace with my loved one in the hospital and with my beloved at home. Grace is not a moment we can manufacture; we can only recognize that God is about to bestow a gift. It requires having an open heart, ready to receive at any moment. It may mean doing something unexpected, or giving up something we desire. It could take us out of our comfort zone. It cannot happen if we rely on ourselves rather than Him. O Lord, may I be ever ready to receive your gift of grace!
Copyright 2018 Susan Bailey
About the Author
Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.