I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own, but what you want to give me.
And what you want to give me is love—
Unconditional, everlasting love.
Questions for meditation to consider in addition to the bold questions above:
- Who are the people hidden in plain view? How can I open my eyes to see the unacknowledged more clearly?
- What am I holding tightly in my clenched fist? How is my clenched fist keeping me from opening my hand to receive new blessings?
- The great African American theologian, Howard Thurman once said, “If you are more committed to your commitments than you are committed to God, you have made your commitments a god.” How do my commitments keep me from receiving God and others with an open heart?
***Prayer is an excerpt from Henri J. M. Nouwen, With Open Hands,
(Notre Dame: Avia Maria Press, 2006), p. 27