Thursday, January 31, 2013

Down to the Wire

Yep, I still write a lot by hand, too.
I leave for St. Paul tomorrow. That means I am frantically typing up my notes, pulling out the red pen to whip them into some kind of shape that I will be completely dissatisfied with until around 5 years down the road when, if history is any lesson, I will read through them and say, "Wow, this stuff is pretty good!"

In the meantime, though, it looks pretty bad to my editorial eye.
Good thing the chapel is just a few yards beneath my office; Jesus has fielded more than one glance from my direction as I labored over a phrase or a transition or a "does this actually make any sense at all?" today--though I admit it was kind of hard to actually separate my fingers from the keyboard to go to chapel to pray with the community when the time came for Evening Prayer.

In the midst of all this activity, a consoling thought came to me (through the floor tiles, no doubt). It isn't really all on me anyway. God can use one of my throwaway lines to draw someone where he wants to lead them.

And to confirm it all, a quote that showed up on Facebook (sometimes Zuckerberg's algorithms really do get it right):

“When I try, I fail.
When I trust, He succeeds.”
~Corrie ten Boom

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"When I try, I fail, When I trust, He succeds".Corrie ten Boom.
Wow, you cannot get any more poignant than that.
There is more than one way to skin a cat....old saying and it rhymes..

Anonymous said...

Today's talk in St. Paul? Yes, pretty good stuff, indeed! It was beautiful and rich. Thank you so very much, Sister. Any chance it was recorded?

Snowing in St. Paul

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

The talks usually are recorded; contact Mark Croteau at the Cathedral to see how to get a copy of the CD!