In my daily search for quotes and reflections, mostly connected to the Lord’s Prayer, I found this marvelous piece from Paulo Coelho:
“Thy will be done, my Lord. Because you know the weakness in the heart of your
children, and you assign each of them only the burden they can bear. May you
understand my love–because it is the only thing I have that is really mine, the only thing that I will be able to take with me into the next life. Please allow it to be courageous and pure; please make it capable of surviving the snares of the world.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
What it spoke to me was the thought that saying ‘Thy will be done’ is an act of love as well as of submission or obedience. To appropriate his thought here, our will is the only thing we can really give to God. And it is connected to our love. Perhaps is another facet of the same thing. Our will, our love, our lives. God does not take them by force. But wants us to offer them freely – as freely as God has offered grace and mercy in Jesus Christ. To which our submission is only a response of love.