by Leah & Sam Muller (Lafayette, LA)
All glory and praise to God! The past few weeks of my prayers have been anchored in the theme of gratitude: recognizing God’s presence and providential care and subsequently rejoicing in His goodness as it is shown in my life. This simple formula is the path to true joy; yet, just like our ancestors in the faith, we forget. We forget that God loves us with an unconditional love and is directing all things to the good for those who love Him (Rom 8:28). He knows this about us, of course, and in His great mercy has a remedy for our forgetfulness. He shows up. He reveals Himself and His love over and over again in ever new and creative ways. He pursues us relentlessly.
‘Stumbling’ upon the Rule and then starting an MCG has been a powerful example of God showing up in our life. It is difficult to put into words how grateful I am for this gift, one that I didn’t know we needed and which I now can’t imagine living without. To be honest, our ‘yes’ to this commitment was somewhat mumbled. We were hesitant to take the plunge but couldn’t ignore the gentle prompting of JP II’s invitation to “Be Not Afraid!” The fruits have been abundant and are continuing to unfold. We have experienced such joy at being able to journey on a weekly basis with other married couples, who are becoming like family to us. A family of families, to be sure. As we share our lives together, we can see God’s hand more clearly and feel His presence more tangibly. We remember, and we rejoice!