Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Understanding the fullness of who we are in the moment allows an evolution of, and a discovery of, who we are. In this sense, we allow ourselves to be free and enlightened in the moment. Thank You for these moments. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

I cannot recall the last time I felt repelled by life. Yet I do remember the feeling. I have felt it many times in the past, and with a fury and a futile spin. I was escorted by fear, not complimented by loving Spirit. I was living someone else’s life, and I didn’t know whose life I was living — I only knew it was not my own.

I simply felt defensive toward living. And defense is the first act of war. I awaited my own fate to know life as one of peace and enchantment. And now I know. The memorial of the resting place of sacrifice, the sacrifice of my own authenticity, arrived at this place of freedom with a sweetness and a joy that can never be taken from me. I know life now. Life is mine. And it all ways will be.


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