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THREE KEY WORDS

Fr Jim Cogley


Looking back on 50 years of the Christian journey my three key words have always been ‘yes’, ‘surrender’ and ‘abandonment’. ‘Yes’ to allowing God to work in me and through me, and to accomplish His purposes even in spite of myself. Surrender is closely related and carries the sense of letting go to whatever is at any given time, and approaching life’s situations with open hands. Finally abandonment: Here I think of trusting in divine providence. This means that where the appointment is, so will the provision be. God will not call me to do something for which I am not fully equipped for the task. The word Providence comes from the Latin provideo, which means to see ahead, and it is this assurance that God will provide, that is an ongoing source of comfort. As the journey has progressed I have become convinced that all the Lord requires of us is, neither our ability, nor our inability, but our availability. Just with that, He can do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or dream or imagine. These are not just words, but the truth of experience.

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