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Surrender to Me, Surrender to Peace

surrender.jpegI love this time of the liturgical year, because the readings are full of hope and renewal, of promise and light. Here’s a nice meditation I read the other morning by Richard Hobbs, a convert to Catholicism and father of six sons.
You cannot have peace in your hearts
Until you have been born again from above.
And you cannot understand the meaning of peace
Until you have surrendered your whole lives to me
And received them back as pure gift.
You may refuse my invitation
To sit at my Father’s table,
And your worldly lives
May seem to be filled with meaning,
To be more real than the lives
Of those who walk with me.
But until you have experienced
The peace that comes
From my Spirit within you,
You do not know
The meaning of true peace.
But those who have surrendered
Everything into my hands,
Will receive back all that they need;
They walk with me
In the freedom of my resurrection life;
They ask and it is given to them;
They knock and I open to them;
If they are weary,
I take their burdens from them;
Nothing disturbs their peace,
Even though they
Through the valley of the shadow of death.


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  • La Dolce Vita

    Thank you. That was lovely.

  • Paul

    Enjoyed for a moment, and then the Catholic “better than you” theme ruined the meditation. It’s sad when people who have found the gift of faith cannot simply reach out but must divide. This gentleman clearly lacks the wisdom of one who has despaired and found the gift of God’s love. That love is always there for whomever seeks, and one need not clarify the peace as better or meaning as improved. There is a peace in the surrender. I always find it funny when supposed spiritual people claim another still “does not know” the way. Perhaps the gentleman protests too much. Just saying. Thank you.

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  • Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey

    I love this piece. Peace for me comes from above to and surrendering myself to the Father above. He gives me perfect peace in my heart when I don’t know where to turn to for peace.
    Thank you so much, Therese, for sharing!!

  • skylark

    Paul…other than during the intro where we are given a bit about
    the writer’s background there is no “overt” mention of Catholicism.
    Perhaps your protests come more from your own prejudices than any
    thing stated by the author….who is simply commenting on the peace that comes from surrender to God’s will and the serenity that follows.
    It is a Christian statement, yes. Do you also object when this site carries a Buddhist statement,which it often does? If so perhaps it is your own narrow perspective that colors your feelings. I hope after meditating on this piece a bit further you are able to see the real message here and open your heart to its peace. God be with you!

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