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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: God Grant Me the Grace to Discern
By Barbara Mahler
08/15/10


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It is easy to hate - God knows it is so easy! The employers who terminate benefits without prior notification, the ex-husbands who make false accusations as well as those who have an “it’s all about me” attitude are easily included on a lengthy list. On the other hand there are those who decide to love - who discern with the grace of God and continue to be of service putting aside their own personal loss and pain.

Almost a year ago I attended the wake and funeral of my aunt. Helen was the mother of nine children – cousins with whom I spent a great deal of time during my childhood. The funeral Mass celebrant shared that he has no doubt that Helen is with her God. He recalled the tears she shed when her first born child died at 26 of burns sustained in a horrific car accident when her life as a newly-wed and registered nurse had just begun. “But,” he said, “Helen did not blame God.” “Instead…,” he continued, struggling to choke back his own tears, “she came here to her parish church on a daily basis while working at St. Joseph’s Home for the Blind. She loved it!” he said. He went on to speak of Helen’s love – love for children, family and those she served and worked with.

Needless to say I remember even now and my tears still flow freely. But more profoundly, the gospel message read that day (John 15:9, 12) “live on in My love,” which my beloved aunt discerned and chose to make part of her life resounds in my ears and gives me strength.

God grant me the grace to discern and live on in Your love.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
This is a touching devotion. Aunt Helen sounds like she was a very wise and caring person.
Verna Mull08/20/10
Ver y good devotional thoughts. Discernment is a very valuable tool.
Loren T. Lowery08/20/10
It is true, that we gain strength and insight by the actions of others. You were able to show this well in your journaling/devotional here.
Patsy Hallum08/23/10
Good piece. I think you could have made a longer story out of it. Let us get to know Aunt Helen better. The use of the topic word in title as well in story several times, can prove to be too much. The upper level writers use discriptive words that mean the same thing. Keep writing!