Contemplation Day9

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 9

East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey, a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll visit the whole full World and beyond.”* 


Today’s affirmation:  I choose to release self-pity and embrace forgiveness.

As I was contemplating on Rule No9 and today’s Lent message, I realized that …

For a long time, I looked at my life as a ‘punishment’  for something ‘I must have done wrong’. Throughout my life I have accoutered many challenges and difficulties. I left my home country as a youngster, moved to different countries, struggled with getting proper work and being able to sustain myself. After my grandmother’s passing I received little support from my family and I needed to rely on friends’ kindness. 

I lived with self-pity for decades. I believed that there was something wrong with me that’s why I had to endure so many hurdles in my life.

Not until I started to walk the inner journey, was I able to start to see the greater picture and the deeper meaning of my existence. For example, I would not be able to pastor and support people from various cultural backgrounds and ways of living had I not experienced these myself. 

LIFE is a mystery. I often do not know why I am going through a certain experience until it is done. The Divine is Gracious, however, if I want to know the ‘whys’, ‘he’ provides the answers. 

We all live meaningful lives but it is our responsibility to see what the meaning and the reasons behind our experiences. The simplest answer to ‘why me’ is because you are alive. Everyone who is alive is on a journey toward Oneness with the Divine Presence weather they are aware of it or not. 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

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