I love and loathe the following benediction:
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, dance, and trust in the love of God who is Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.
Given by Brennan Manning on October 11, 2000 in a chapel service on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
I am challenged to embrace trust. I am challenged to embrace love – to sing and dance when I am not loved in return.
Our lives are meant to be lived only to eventually die. One week ago, an acquaintence from college died suddenly in his sleep. A memorial service was held tonight. I could not go. Too many memories resurfaced from my friend who died in January. I now realize that I haven’t handled that death very well. I fought through the tears when speaking at his funeral and tried to help others through the torturous grief. I only allowed two people to comfort me, my wife, and one other shoulder upon which I cried.