For my friend

I was with a very dear friend last week.  I was reminded of the fragility of life and circumstances.  At the same time I was reminded of the strength of LOVE…divine Love, human love, even puppy love…outlast, persevere and always, always wins.  Together we called to mind this poem/prayer by Pierre de Chardin.  It is a most consoling piece of love.

Above All,
Trust in the Slow Work of God

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown,
something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on
as though you could be today what time
— that is to say, grace —
and circumstances
acting on your own good will
will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine-dresser.


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher. 1881-1955

About lchavez64

Seeker. Dreamer. Ordinary girl.

5 responses to “For my friend

  1. jodeens

    Love this…and so fitting since it was just four days ago I said to a friend…”when will I be done?”

  2. jodeens

    Love this and fitting given it was just four days ago I was saying to a friend, ” when will I be done? I just want to be finished.”

  3. tdavis87

    The hardest part of practicing this discipline is giving up the illusion that I can control life! Great reminder to trust the One who can!

    • I agree completely. I think that is why disciplines such as prayerful reading, repetition of a holy phrase, and following the breath simply saying the name “Jesus” are essential for me as reminders throughout the day.

  4. Vicki

    I love you. I am reading this at a most critical time…..

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