Also, another thought I had on this inspiring verse is that there is a time for everything as Ecclesiastes 3 tells us.
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Join the discussion 2 Comments. They both see God the way a slave sees His master: either with resentment or with servile fear. Yet, between these two extremes we find the attitude that is appropriate: the trusting love of a son for his father. Jesus taught us to pray "Our Father" so that we may, even now, begin to share in the life of the Trinity. And this is the life of the Trinity: The Father eternally pours Himself out in love for the Son; the Son eternally returns all His love to the Father; and the love they share is the Holy Spirit.
When we unite our will with the Father's will, we begin to love as the Father loves and give ourselves as the Father gives and will as the Father wills. There is nothing anxious in this attitude. There is no sigh of resignation.
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This is the deep peace of which St. Augustine spoke when he summed up the Christian life: "Love, and do what you will. Think of Jesus' words: "My food is to do the will of him who sent me" Jn.
I have often thought that this is the reason why Jesus taught us to begin our prayers by invoking God as "Father," rather than with the traditional invocation of God as "Lord" or "King of the Universe. We begin by praying "Our Father," but we press on, we persevere, by lovingly accepting and doing the will of God.
Again, it is this union of wills that perfects us as children of God. And such a divine relation is, in a sense, exactly what we're praying for when we say, "Thy will be done. Paul, "this is the will of God, your sanctification" 1 Thess. God's will means more for us than merely following the law. The commandments express His will, but they do not exhaust it.
His will for us is much greater. It's nothing short of a sharing in His own life, which is the deepest freedom we can know. This article is reprinted with permission from Lay Witness magazine. Scott Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since , and he is the founder and president of the St.
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He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife and their six children. Four years later it was further realized when I was called to preside over the Northwestern States Mission. And one of the choicest and most inspiring experiences of our lives was when Sister Richards and I spent approximately ten days with President and Sister Lee in touring our mission.
As we have listened to missionaries bear their testimonies, many have told us how they put aside dreams and plans for school and careers and accepted mission calls. Others who have been called to important church assignments have set aside, to a large extent, their personal affairs, to give the needed attention to the work of the Lord; and all have borne witness of the happiness and blessings they and their families have received. In when I received my call to preside over the Northwestern States Mission, it came at a most inconvenient time. But both Sister Richards and I felt that if the Lord wanted us to go, then we should go.
Many of our friends, Church members and nonmembers, indicated that they felt we were making a real sacrifice. We felt otherwise, and as President McKay set me apart, he promised me that it would be the happiest time of our lives.
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And it was, because our entire time was spent in serving our fellowmen. Why should we consider it a sacrifice to enjoy such happiness, growth, and development? Applying this rule in our lives can mean never to turn down an opportunity to serve in building the kingdom when asked by one in authority. Our callings to serve in the Church, coming from an authorized agent of our Heavenly Father, can properly be construed to be the will of the Lord.
In many other ways, to accept the will of the Lord is ofttimes most difficult, as is the case of the death of a loved one. Death is an important part of eternal life, yet we are never quite ready for the change. Not knowing when it will come, we properly fight to retain life for ourselves and for our loved ones.
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We pray for the sick and administer to the afflicted. We implore the Lord to heal and extend life. But all are not healed, even though great faith is manifested. However, God has given us a promise that though a loved one may die, yet he or she shall live again, through the atonement and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.