Letting Go and Letting God

When he was learning to drive as a teen,
his father, his own personal driver’s ed.
teacher as there was no driver’s ed.,
said two things, “Always drive defensively,”
and “Remember, when you are behind the
wheel, you are driving a potential instrument
of death. So, be careful.” He sees the
craziness on the road, the rudeness, the
selfishness — the danger that all those
pose and in righteous indignation, he
rails against the drivers, by blowing his
horn and on occasion yelling at them to
be more careful all the while creating
a more dangerous situation than was there
in the first place and then he read:

The Spirit of God is like our breath.
God’s spirit is more intimate to us
than we are to ourselves. We might
not often be aware of it, but without
it we cannot live a “spiritual life.”
It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays
in us, who offers us the gifts of love,
forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentle-
ness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy
Spirit who offers us the life that
death cannot destroy. Let us always
pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, come.”
*

And so the next time he feels the urge to
lay-on-the-horn and give a driver “what for,”
he simply will pray, “Come, Holy Spirit,
come, and give that stupid ass driver ‘what
for,'” and when the tailgating lunatic speeds
by, he simply will smile his most devilishly
pious grin, look straight ahead and be on his
merry way.

*from a meditation by Henri Nouwen

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