by Becky Eldredge
“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola
The prayer slipped out of my lips without much thought, “Re-build me to shelter your name.” The second I spoke these words seven years ago, I yearned to take them back. What in the world did I just ask for? Transformation? Rebuilding? Change? What was I thinking?!
The desire for my interior, truest self to match my outward life was rooted deep within me, though. This desire led to a transformation from the inside out. The understanding of God’s love and grace developed inside of me, and it began to overflow to my outer life as I surrendered more to God’s love.
I began to understand the invitation of the Holy Spirit to bring God’s love outward, to radiate it to others. Through the gentle beckoning of God’s grace and my openness to receive God’s grace a transformation took place that re-built me.
I now know I shelter God’s love, and I now know I am charged to bring this love outward to others.
How are you open to God’s grace today?
How will you bring God’s love outward to others?
Becky Eldredge is a writer, speaker, and spiritual director who lives in Texas with her husband and three children. Becky has been active in ministry for more than 14 years, primarily in retreat work and adult faith formation. You can read more of her work on dotMagis.