September 1, 2012
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. – Emily Dickinson
I have always dearly loved poetry and Dickinson is one of my favorites. This quote is a delightful reminder to me that through Jesus Christ we are blessed with eternal life! Death no longer has the sting it did before He won for us the victory through His great love for us. As His followers we know that love truly is immortal! Those we miss in our daily lives truly are not gone from us anymore than Christ Himself. They live on in our hearts through the love we share. On our darkest day, we still have light, hope, love, and companionship through our beloved Lord Jesus Christ! Let yourself feel the love!
August 19, 2012
Okay, this is a quote for all times and all places, but how fitting that I should find it on Sunday morning between church services!
Break bread with me?
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. – Charles Dickens –
August 17, 2012
So, have you ever needed to get away and be alone with the Lord and been so upset, frustrated, and angry and the rest of it that being quiet wasn’t working for you, and finding words to speak in prayer wasn’t working, and there was certainly no way you were going to at that moment pray in the Spirit, and about all you could do was call out His name? Okay, you do not have to admit it publicly, but let me assure you that we all have those moments and the ones who tell you they never do? Sorry, but the truth isn’t being spoken. A priest friend and I were speaking about prayer and we were both dealing with “big stuff” and he admitted “sometimes I can only yell His name and that’s all the prayer I can speak and it’s okay.” It’s true. The Lord desires to be in relationship with us and that means take all our stuff to Him. No matter what. Have you got kids in your life and heart whom you’ve told (and meant it) that “you can come to me with anything” and later, when they got “In over their heads” and didn’t come to you when they might have, you again told them “I’ll always love you no matter what. Come to me with anything.” Well, if we humans can mean that, how much more amazing Jesus’ love for us is?
Quiet time with Him can come in those times. Calling out to Him brings healing to us. When that calming presence is felt and I’m trying to let my distractions float away like balloons as I let go of a string, sometimes as I’m resting with Him, I take deep breaths in and out and quietly speak His name as I breath in and out . . . Je . . . . sus . . . Je . . . sus . . . He is always there when I call Him. . . . and when I don’t, too!
August 14, 2012
I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.
– Ani DiFranco –
The quote above speaks well of what we become and are enabled to do as one body in Christ and when we realize and appreciate that we have many gift but the same giver! It is time to realize that our differences are as He designed us and for a reason. We must stop fighting against this and begin praising Him as one body! Those in darkness need us to do our good work!
August 12, 2012
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
– Edgar Degas –
What Degas speaks is true of art but in my heart it is also true of our commission in faith as followers of Christ. We are called to reflect Him to those He draws us toward. Every small and large thing we do reflects what is valuable to us to a world in darkness. Jesus is in our hearts – is this what those in our midst see? Do we reflect this without trying to do so? Do they see Him when we don’t know anyone is watching?