This song below, by one of my favorite Christian musical artists, Audrey Assad, is just a perfect summation of St. Terese of Lisieux’s Little Way of living. We should realize how little we are in comparison to the Eternal, Omnipotent God. But we are also small in our mercy and love compared to the Creator of All. God is not a supreme being. God is the sheer act of Being Itself. God made everything out of love; God sustains it every second. Without God’s gaze, His loving, merciful gaze, we would cease to exist. But we are all part of God’s creation. We are created beings. God is not. He always was, is, and always will be. Now, see how small we really are? We might be forgotten by any lesser god, but God, the Creator, forgets no one.

God weeps with us in our pain, for He’s suffered. God laughs with us in our joy for He has known true happiness. God is ready to comfort us when we grieve, to save us from ourselves. But we have to be open to His healing touch. We have to surrender to His Divine grace. We have to give up control. In fact, the only control we have is the rather self-destructive ability to close off our hearts to, and to bar our will against, the grace the Holy Spirit is ready to pour into our hearts.

That’s free will. It’s ALL up to us. Our God shows us through the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ that aligning our will to the will of the Father is tough and it won’t be easy. But the Resurrection, that is the prize worth fighting for. Eternity with the Father is the end result of saying to Him, and meaning, the words, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Turn to Jesus in your own pain, in your own regret and sorrow. Let Him turn your mourning into dancing. And then you can be the hands and feet of Jesus and help others, laughing with them in their joy and weeping with them in their suffering. Because you’ve been forgiven, you can forgive, because you know you’re loved, you can love. Because you have relied on the Lord, you can lead others to that same surrender. Go ahead, be little and be grateful for your small stature. Be grateful that there is a God who lives and who gives “beauty for ashes” and turns “shame into glory.” No one else can. And then your littleness becomes greatness. Maybe not by the standards of mere mortals. But the Almighty, everlasting Lord of all Creation knows and loves you like no one else can! That’s worth contemplating and then praising and thanking God for that reality.

[Verse 1]
In the garden of our Savior
No flower grows unseen
His kindness rains like water
On every humble seed
No simple act of mercy escapes His watchful eye
For there is One who sees me
His hand is over mine

[Verse 2]
In the kingdom of the heavens
No suffering is unknown
Each tear that falls is holy
Each breaking heart a throne
There is a song of beauty in every weeping eye
For there is One who loves me
His heart, it breaks with mine

O the deeds forgotten
O the works unseen
Every drink of water flowing graciously
Every tender mercy You’re making glorious
This You have asked of us:
Do little things with great love
This You have asked of us:
Do little things with great love
Little things with great love

[Verse 3]
At the table of our Savior
No mouth will go unfed
And His children in the shadows
Stream in and raise their heads
O give us ears to hear them and give us eyes to see
For there is One who loves them
I am His hands and feet
There is One who loves them
I am His hands and feet

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