A Refined Life

quote image“May all your expectations be frustrated, may all your plans be thwarted, may all your desires be withered into nothingness, that you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God who is the Father, Son and Spirit.”  Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning often used this prayer when he spoke about life with God.  Toward the end of his life, Brennan was unable to see and a stroke had left him hardly able to speak or move. Nathan Foster speaks about the end of Brennan’s life in these terms:

A certain powerlessness had found him.Elderly-Frail-Care His body had been reduced to that of a child, unable to care for himself. What had come to [him]  was a refining process like few else in life. In his helplessness he was learning to let others care for him in ways he had never done. He was learning to be vulnerable. In these final days of his life, quite simply, Brennan was learning to dance in the love of God.

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2 Responses to A Refined Life

  1. Welcome to my blog! I’m glad the post was meaningful to you. Powerlessness is one of the major themes of my “theology”. If you liked this, you might want to try the posts on Becoming a Wounded Healer.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you for sharing this—your timing couldn’t be more prudent. Vulnerability is a powerful thing indeed. “Brennan was learning to dance in the love of God.” I find myself doing the same though not to Brennan’s point. There’s so much to be thankful as we learn to dance.

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