As I look back on my life’s journey—and retrospect is such a beautiful view—I have learned that our times of darkness and pain reveal and illuminate the mystery and beauty of our true self hidden within. Faith is a pilgrimage of the heart, a walk in the dark. It is an endless letting go toward the Light. Faith carries us along on a tide of God’s promises beyond the mire and desolation of our own despair. It is God ringing our hearts like a bell, a holy summons asking us to take the next step into the unknowing.
I have been through the dark and lonely places, but I also have come to know the One who continues to lead me through them. As we choose to embrace the joys and the sorrows of each necessary season in faith and trust, the fog shrouding our soul slowly lifts and we behold, as in a glass, His glory and our glory in Him. Gradually then, we begin to mirror this eternal light of Love, claiming our true nature. 1
To live in communion with Jesus is to live in the flow of divine relationship with all that it has to offer us. And what it offers is the mystery of resurrection into life out of death, love out of pain, ecstasy out of agony, light out of darkness, and power out of poverty. After all these years, I still can’t explain it, but I can tell you that it is so because I have experienced it.
Prayerfully, may my story be an encouragement and light on the path as you journey homeward. ~Betty
Sweet Love, my dearest Treasure, I feel the movement in Your prayer, the intensity of Gethsemane, the pain of Calvary, Your passion, the agony You suffered there. Drops of sweat, a flood of tears have touched my hair, have washed the wrinkles of my days, have set my heart ablaze. Sweet Love, all my wanderings Have been Your stepping stones. the ocean shore, the forest floor, the mountain trail, the Truth the lake revealed, were but glimpses, time alone to set my sails, to unravel some of what will always be a mystery: the wonder of Our Oneness, Your Presence in my twilight years. Sweet Love, my dearest Treasure, Love of all loves, Love Divine, in You I know Love without measure. BWS
- The Hidden Life Awakened pp 10-11