This morning I was led to read a reflection by Joni Eareckson Tada on 50 years as a paraplegic (Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident). She spent the first part of her time after her accident trying to drown in her misery but God sent friends into her life who helped her see the blessings in the pain. Now, as a result of her surrender to God’s guidance, she has been the reason for multiple global ministries serving disabled people and pointing them to meaning through living for Christ.
Here is a quote from her reflection that really stood out to me, as someone who has lived through some quite painful circumstances:
Grace softens the edges of past pains, helping to highlight the eternal.
God takes the littlest of souls, like Joni and St. Therese of Lisieux, and accomplishes the grandest of things.
Lord, help me to remember that even though I am so far from perfection, You can instill compassion in me for Your suffering Mystical Body, the Church, and use me to accomplish great things! ~Amen