Trust and Gratitude


“As for me, I look to the Lord for help, I wait confidently for God to save me.”

    From the manisons  of Pacific Heights to the valley of Noe Valley,  the streets of the Tenderloin, and the hard and tough streets of San Francisco, all of us, the very rich, to the poorest of the poor are afraid, suffering within ourselves from fear. A disease, a killer is running among us.

   If we still ourselves from anxiety and list: these  words will bring   hope and guideance,  the words of  of Francis DeSales and Fr. Henri Nouwen, listed respectively:

“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him.”

― Francis de Sales

And to offer gratitude:

Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are not an “accident,” but a divine choice. It is important to realize how often we have had chances to be grateful and have not used them. When someone is kind to us, when an event turns out well, when a problem is solved, a relationship restored, a wound healed, there are very concrete reasons to offer thanks: be it with words, with flowers, with a letter, a card, a phone call, or just a gesture of affection. . . . Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love. (Nouwen)

Let us pray:

“Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversaries which may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer)


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.


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