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God's hands liberating

Posted November 18, 2006

Q. What does it mean to put it in God's hands, and how do I do that? -- S.H., Boca Raton

A. As part of our spiritual maturation, we come to recognize the value in letting go of our conditioned personality-driven identity and desires. The phrase "Thy will, not my will, be done" will facilitate this shift.

The Bible warns, "Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out… Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." Romans 12:2.

Putting it in God's hands requires us to liberate ourselves from the ego's control and the illusion that we are separate from him. We must learn to keep God in everything we do, think, feel, desire and yearn for.

Reb Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, spoke of a triad -- shiflut (humility), hitlahavut (fervor) and devekut (cleaving to God) -- as a blueprint to restore grace in our lives.

Activate these three principles with intention. Learn to hear, through meditation and prayer, God's will for you. Make each action a conscious feat of communion.

The next time the phone rings, before you pick it up, imagine that God is listening into the call.

When troubled, cling to God to find your way. Make God your partner in all your actions. Ask, listen and trust that God's hands hold you, guide you and love you, as you surrender your will.

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