Seeing Beyond the Water...
Listen to me, O coast lands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. God called me from the womb,from the body of my mother God named my name. God made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of God's had I was hidden; God made me a polished arrow, in the quiver I was hidden away.
And God said to me, You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Sovereign One, and my recompense with my God."
And now God says, who formed me in the womb to be God's servant, to bring Jacob back to the Sovereign One, and that Israel might be gathered to God, for I am honored in the eyes of the Sovereign One, and my God has become my strength-
God says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth."
Thus says the Sovereign One, the Redeemer of Israel and Israel's Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the servant of rulers: "Monarchs shall see and arise; rulers and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Sovereign One, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel , who has chosen you."
"If we do not pray, it is because we sometimes hold superstitions, one form being this: if I give myself up too much to God, God will give me something too hard which I cannot do. This is not Christian maturity. It presupposes that our Lord is playing tricks with us all the time. We have to get rid of the thoughts that God is a powerful deceiver, that God is ready to catch us in some moment of weakness and impose some terrible punishment. This is a dreadful concept of God. The first thing necessary is to root out every vestige of this thought of God. Don't think God is trying to catch you...
Open yourself up to God. God will never, never fail us. We have to really believe that we are totally forgiven. Don't set limits to the mercy of God. Don't believe that because you are not pleasing to yourself you are not pleasing to God. God does not ask for results. God asks for love." - Thomas Merton