“Our spiritual life depends on his perpetual coming to us, far more than on our going to him. Every time a channel is made for him he comes; every time our hearts are open to him he enters, bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls. ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ But that power and splendor mostly reach us in homely and inconspicuous ways; in the sacraments, and in our prayers, joys and sorrows and in all opportunities of loving service. This means that one of the most important things in our prayer is the eagerness and confidence with which we throw ourselves open to His perpetual coming. There should always be more waiting than striving in the Christian’s prayer–an absolute dependance on the self-giving love of God.”
~ from Evelyn Underhill’s Advent with Evelyn Underhill written with Christopher Webber, p. 2-3.
God of all grace, Lord of self-giving love, O’ Spirit of God who is always present, bless us and keep us. Cause God’s face to shine upon us from this day on and forevermore. Teach us stillness when we must be still. Teach us to rest when we must rest. Teach us to wait when we must wait. And as we learn to be still, to rest, and to wait, give us the strength to carry on with our days trusting that wherever we go You are with us. In the name of Jesus the Lord, amen.