The Next Chapter

Have you ever felt as though your life is too static – where life is pretty much routine – no highs, no lows? I’m there. I really can’t complain. Life is really pretty good. But why do I feel like I’m in a rut? Why do I feel I need to be challenged? Why do I feel I need to be MORE?

I know many who have more troubles than I do these days. When I compare our situations, it doesn’t seem fair. (I suppose we never received a guarantee that life would be fair. ) I know folks whose financial livelihoods are threatened, whose family members have many needs, whose health issues are significant…the list goes on.

A certain bible verse comes to mind:  “And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12:48)

I can’t help but feel I am among those to whom much has been given. So, the next question for me is where is that which is expected? Am I ready for it? I don’t know. But I strongly feel that there is more ahead, just waiting for me. Is there discomfort in not knowing? There certainly is. But there is also curiosity… what is next?

I think also of the gospel of the talents where we learn that it is good to increase those things we have been given. So, Lord…I’m looking. I’m listening. What do You want of me, Lord? Show me the right path. Show me Your way.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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