The Golden Lampstand*
by Thomas Hoffman
We are God’s creative works in process. God alone knows what we shall become. What might God have in store in the fullness of our time? In the beginning, God created Light. In Mary, God became flesh. What will God become in us? Is there room in us for God’s seed to take root and grow? God has visited us with grace and favor. Are we ready to become Light?
Source: A Child in Winter
One of the most wonderful things that I’ve gained from reading the work of St. Ignatius is that he believed that “your deepest desire is God’s deepest desire for you.” Again: Your deepest desire is God’s deepest desire for you. Read that sentence one more time, close your eyes, and see how you feel. I absolutely love that concept!
I’ve also come to realize that one way we can search and name our deepest desire is through prayer. I encourage you to ask God for the graces to better understand what your deepest desire is. Rather than looking at just The Huge Stuff beyond your control, I encourage you to keep your thought process grounded in possibilities and joys nearby to where you already stand. Remember, God meet you where you are.
My dear sister’s deepest desire is to be the mother that she is. My friend Mary is a shepherd of the poor. One of my desires is to be able to share the love of God with others. Louise does that every day.
*THE GOLDEN LAMPSTAND The golden lampstand, or candlestick, stands to the left as one enters through the door of the tabernacle. It is made of pure gold, from one piece of metal, has no joints, and is carved with buds and flowers under each branch of it. It stands on a square base on the floor of the tabernacle, with six branches, three on the one side and three on the other. The seven lamps are level at the top.
The candlestick represents ONENESS WITH THE HOLY GHOST.