Made for Goodness

Below is a meditation on God’s love from the book, Made for Goodness, by Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu, was shared at our recent Central Deanery Clericus. The meditation is in a section of the book about “living our goodness,” which is “our way of testifying that we know ourselves to be perfectly loved by God.” The book invites us to “turn into the stillness and listen to God speak with the voice of the heart:” To print click here.
The Rev. Gail Bernthal
Made for Goodness
By Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu,

“Don’t struggle and strive so, my child.
There is no race to complete, no point to prove, no obstacle course to
     conquer for you to win my love.
I have already given it to you.
I loved you before creation drew its first breath.
I dreamed you as I molded Adam from the mud.
I saw you wet from the womb
And I loved you then.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and
     my burden is light.
Stop racing ahead at your own pace,
     you will only be exhausted, flamed out, and spent before the task
     is accomplished.
Pace yourself with me, walk alongside me.

Do you think I don’t know the demands of your life?
I see you striving for perfection, craving my acceptance.
I see you bending yourself out of shape to conform to the image that
     you have of me.
Do you imagine that I did not know who you were when I made
      you, when I knit you together in your mother’s womb?
Do you think I planted a fig tree and expected roses to bloom?
No, child, I sowed what I wanted to reap.

You are a child after my own heart.
Seek out your deepest joy and you will find me there.
Find that which makes you most perfectly yourself and know that I
     am at the heart of it.
Do what delights you
And you will be working with me,
Walking with me,
Finding your life
Hidden in me.

Ask me any question
My answer is love.
When you want to hear my voice,
Listen for love.
How can you delight me?
I will tell you:
Love.
The tough, unbreakable, unshakable love.
Are you looking for me?
You will find me in love.
Would you know my secrets?
There is only one:
Love.
Do you want to know me?
Do you yearn to follow me?
Do you want to reach me?
Seek and serve love.”

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