A prayer of Julian of Norwich
In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Savior.
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvelous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.
A Meditation from Dean Melinda
When Julian writes that “all shall be well,” she doesn’t mean that everything will be sunshine and unicorns. Instead, she receives these words in a vision where she encounters the deep sinfulness of humanity and the great mercy of God- a mercy that continues to reach for and hold onto humanity. She understands that “all shall be well” is an infinite statement; in the final analysis, evil, suffering, death, and sorrow will be undone because of God’s choice to undo them in the death and resurrection of Jesus. The most fundamental experience Julian has in her vision is of the undying, suffering love of God for humanity. It is because of God’s love for people that all will be well- nothing can separate us from that love- not sickness, not suffering, not even death.
In seasons when gloom lurks around corners and anxiety gathers in the shadows, Julian’s call to remember that “all shall be well” lightens the horizon. The love of God is with us; it suffers all things, endures all things, and never fails. It is a gritty hope that sustains us, founded not on our mood or the season, but on the love of God. As we walk this path, may we know that in the infiniteness of God’s love, which holds the light and the dark, all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
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