How can we show God we love Him? How can we console his heart of infinite love? Well, trust is the answer. As we contemplate the heart of God and his beauty in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us, let us take a trust fall in the peace of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Praise and thanksgiving go hand-in-hand in our total act of trust to our Lord.
Visualize this, you are walking in your favorite type of natural setting–whether it be the trees and highlands of Ireland, or the cool breeze, salty sea, and warm sand of the Hawaiian coast. Do you feel God’s presence? What is your first instinct? To be joyful and grateful for the present beauty all around you? Well, our Father in Heaven loves us so much he created this beauty and it completely reflects him on a level. He is nothing but love, nothing but pure beauty and peace itself. You are experiencing your wonderful God in the peace of nature. When you understand this, it’s only natural to respond with an outburst of thanksgiving and praise! And God perfectly receives our love back, although we may not always see him and receive the joy and peace he has to offer us everyday. But, this is how we can console and love him back—through our gracious and trusting response to his constant flow of love on us and in our lives. No matter the degree of gratitude and trust we show him back, he receives it perfectly.
Opening our hearts and understanding who we are as God’s beloved children is the first step. Acknowledging God’s presence in our hearts and lives is the next. And finally, responding to the effects of his constant and pursuing love with a spirit of warm praise and thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s hard to trust that God loves us and is completely devoted to guiding us through a meaningful life, due to whatever given circumstances. It is our role to just trust in him and receive, like a child. Jesus is right behind you with open arms waiting for the surrender of your heart, mind, body and spirit! So keep thanking him for the beauty that he is and the beauty he wishes to reveal to you. What abundant grace we would receive.
Fall into the peace of God with me. Ask him to show you how he loves you each day, and he will reveal his beauty and give you the peace and actual joy you are looking for. Fall into the arms of your maker, into the arms of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Trust in him.
O Blood and water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you.
Litany of Trust:
From the belief that I have to earn Your love … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the false security that I have what it takes … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute … Deliver me, Jesus.
From all suspicion of Your words and promises … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You … Deliver me, Jesus.
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will … Deliver me, Jesus.
From anxiety about the future … Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past … Deliver me, Jesus.
From restless self-seeking in the present moment … Deliver me, Jesus.
From disbelief in Your love and presence … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of what love demands … Deliver me, Jesus.
From discouragement … Deliver me, Jesus.
That You are continually holding me sustaining me, loving me … Jesus, I trust in you.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me …Jesus, I trust in you.
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You … Jesus, I trust in you.
That you are with me in my suffering … Jesus, I trust in you.
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next …Jesus, I trust in you.
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church …Jesus, I trust in you.
That Your plan is better than anything else … Jesus, I trust in you.
That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me …Jesus, I trust in you.
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others …Jesus, I trust in you.
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked …Jesus, I trust in you.
That my life is a gift … Jesus, I trust in you.
That You will teach me to trust You … Jesus, I trust in you.
That You are my Lord and my God … Jesus, I trust in you.
That I am Your beloved one … Jesus, I trust in you.