Let Everything Happen

I read this tonight, posted on her Facebook page by a friend of mine who is celebrating tomorrow seven years of being cancer-free:

God speaks to each of us as God makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

~Maria Rainer Rilke

The words resonated deeply within me. Hurray for victories over this disease.



Reflection Questions
Do you have a favourite poem or passage that transports you to the exact spot you need to be?
How open are you to letting everything happen to you?

Dear Whisperer in the Dark Night,
I am so grateful you accompany us
silently through the sacred shadows of life
Urging us to step beyond our comfort zones
whether beautiful or horrifying.
Keep going, You encourage; I am with you.
Take my hand. I am here in the dark with you.
I sense Your awesome presence and step into that Unknown.


About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Let Everything Happen

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    This is a beautiful poem your friend has written Suzanne. Let everything happen. I guess it’s about surrendering to both the ups and downs in life. I know it must be difficult having this disease and it must take so much of your energy to fight it? But I know you will continue to find something joyful in everyday and I pray that one day you too will be victorious.

    Sending you a hug, Thinking of you, Karen

    Sent from my iPad


  2. sstyves says:

    Thanks, Karen. My friend did not write the poem–she just posted it. I’m glad she did.

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