Open To The Mystery

Painting by Rassouli
Photo by Jack Leishman

No matter how many plans we make, the unexpected keeps happening. Starting in 2008 we were in transition for a couple of years, with so many unknowns: where is our home, where is our work and financial support, will Robert live and for how long? So many big ones! And it came down to having to do everything we knew to do as best we could, and then to surrender.

The way to surrender, for us, came through consciously opening up enough to allow Grace to flow through our lives, and opening ourselves to Life’s essential Mystery — not having to know the answers for the future, but trusting being guided moment to moment, even when it doesn't make sense. I wrote its last line, I know I will be shown, because I wanted to sing that when my doubt kicked in, so that even if I couldn't feel that line, I could remember that I do trust its declaration of faith.

On my father's deathbed this January, the last chant that he heard through my headphones — the night before he died — was this one. He murmured, “The world will love this.” Later, he lifted his hand and pointed his finger emphatically, whispering “I know!” I will always treasure that memory.

Open To The Mystery

(For remembering that Grace is always already here)

Let there be Grace flowing through my life
Let there be Grace flowing through my life
I open to the Mystery
I open to the Mystery
And I know I will be shown
And I know I will be shown


Lyrics and Music by Diane Bardwell

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