The doorbell rings. You open the door; you welcome your guest. When the visit is over, you walk them out and close the door.
Such is life.
Maybe they are good things—a date night with your spouse, joy in a good meal, a bonus check at work.
Or maybe they are things that elicit negative emotions—a long line at the grocery store, trouble with a child, a bad night’s sleep.
Whatever it is, you say “Welcome” to the Spirit in the midst of it.
Does that mean you have to like the circumstance or your response to it? No. You may work the very next moment to get rid of it (make a doctor’s appointment; confront your husband; look for a new job).
It is not passivity. It is simply accepting its presence in your life in this moment.
And in this sacred space in time between you and the Spirit, you surrender.
Give up prioritizing a desire for security and comfort. For approval and esteem. For control and power.
The original Welcoming Prayer (originally conceived by Mary Mrozowski) phrases it this way:
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for approval.
I let go of my desire for control.
I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person, or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and His healing action and grace within.
– Mary Mrozowski 1925-1993
Have I learned to do this well? No, not well, but better. I find something healing about welcoming what comes, instead of letting it chase me out of God’s presence.
It doesn’t mean I condone the situation or my feelings about it, but I can believe its purpose exists for my greater transformation into the image of Christ.
And life is never static. As surely as the visitor (situation, feeling, thought, …) comes, he will eventually leave (or else we will).
But in the meantime, ride the wave. Find God in the now.
Because in this moment, in this hour, this is where the Spirit is. And we do well to join him here.
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