Every year I choose a new spiritual goal. I got this idea from my friend Anne Simpson. Several years ago, I chose joy and another year, faith. Last year, my goal was staying steady.
This year, my goal is tenderness. I want to see others with the tenderness of Christ. However, in order to do this, I must humble myself. Christ in his humility is the model not only for my marriage and motherhood, but for all of my life. It is only when I humble myself that I will be able to view others with the eyes of Christ and to relate to others with the tenderness of Christ. I don’t want to miss the wondrous people right before my very eyes. I don’t want to be blind to the epic dramas of their lives, the Herculean labors, the tragic losses and the miraculous victories that are theirs. And I want to treasure the small victories that occur daily with those who are loved by the Lord. I desire to be a gentle witness to God working in their lives, sharing God’s tenderness toward them. I also long to sit in the lap of Mary, Our Lady of Tenderness, and relish in her love for her Son.
Lord, help me to slow down, set my concerns aside, and be a tender and loving presence to those around me. Flood me with patience, peace, and trustful surrender. Amen.
“[H]ave unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8