Difficult and Beautiful


Last year my bloggy friend, Mary Demuth, posted this on her blog site  in a post titled, “Sometimes We Need the Truth.” Here is an excerpt from that post:

My friend Jeanette Morris sent this to me last week, with some trepidation. She worried it would be too scary or harsh.

But I loved the Fourfold Franciscan Blessing by Sister Ruth Fox. Jeanette said her pastor prayed it over the church as they left. It’s hard, but good. Difficult, but beautiful. An oxymoron.

Mary’s right. It is an oxymoron: difficult yet beautiful, and yet I love it. Even though I often fail in that at times I need to make myself pray the hard things in order to grow: in myself, in my relationships with others and especially in my relationship with my Lord Jesus.

Beloved, how about you? Do you believe the beautiful things are worth the difficult path to get there?


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About Anna Popescu

I live in northern Arizona with my husband, Rick. I am blessed to say that Rick and I are at the bottom corners of a triangle where Jesus sits at the top corner. My children, Kathy & Alan, live in the Phoenix area and make this mom's heart thankful they have grown to be such wonderful and caring adults. Alan married in 2010, so I am also blessed with Denise as a special daughter-in-love. The Lord took my Mom home in 2007, and I miss her. My Dad and two sisters live in Florida while my two other sisters live in the Northeast. God has also blessed me and Rick with a local family of very close-knit friends. I love to write when I am able, but on the days when I am struggling with health issues and can't manage much of anything, I can at least crochet. These days I mainly crochet lapghans of various colors and sizes for area rehab centers and nursing homes.

Posted on January 10, 2013, in blessing, Franciscan blessing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Lord, preserve us from apathy!

    Without the problems and the difficult times, we would not grow, so while we don’t exactly welcome them, after our amazing God has taken us through them and undertaken for us, we thank Him for that opportunity to know Him better and to grow spiritually.

  2. Thank you both. I so enjoy your wisdom and sharing.

  3. Reblogged this on Aah Home Care With Heart and commented:
    I believe this is good and healthy for all.

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