Out of the Whirlpool

Sometimes we get caught in a whirlpool of events. Perhaps we find ourselves frantically but futilely steering toward achieving certain human ends—a husband or wife, an education, a better body, more money, a newer wardrobe. And we may mistakenly figure that it's God's job to make sure we get all these things we don't have.

Well, happily for us, the whirlpool often starts spinning so fast that we get thrown out of it, and we're forced to regroup our thoughts and reevaluate our goals.

Are we ever just driftwood being spun around by chance? Can we be mere victims of desires we have little hope of ever seeing fulfilled? Is happiness often out of reach, beyond understanding, or attainable only by accident? Are many people really doomed to spend the rest of their days chasing after things which, once acquired, leave them wanting more?

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The Prayer That Sets Us Free
July 7, 1973

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