Garment of Grace…

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Mercy is to touch the hem of His Heart…

Mercy infuses…Mercy transforms…weaving one into the garment of His extravagant Love.

The gift received…becomes the gift given.

With the mantle of mercy one is wrapped, drawing all of life under this garment of grace.

Covered under the cloak are those occasions of forgiveness…not that they are forgotten, not an agreement with what was said or done…

But the loose threads of the hurt are carefully rewoven into the garment of grace…in trust…

That one is “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body”…

All for a purpose…all for God’s glory.

“And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.  And be thankful. ” Col 3:14-15.

Mercy received becomes mercy given.

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A Shout Out to the Balcony People…

 

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“We have to go out and talk to people in the city whom we’ve seen on their balconies.  We have to come out of our shell and tell them that Jesus lives…to say it with joy…even though it seems a little crazy sometimes.”  Pope Francis

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

His Wide Awake Love…

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His Wide Awake Love…

Greets me in the Son rising of my morning heart…

the light of the new day resurrects into the set aside day gone by.

A thing of the past.

The Monday that seems like a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday bundle…

is ready to run.

On your mark, get set, ready, go!

“Sing joyfully to God our strength.” Ps 81:2

Designer Labels…

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What is the designer brand we sport?…

The cross sewn into the very fabric of our lives…

imprinted upon our hearts.

The victory that directs our steps…

as we step forward to proclaim the Gospel…

To ALL.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I Cor 1:18

All around your Boat…

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“Take care to maintain peace and tranquility in your heart; let the waves toss and churn all around your boat, but fear not, because God is there and as a result, salvation.” Francis de Sales

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”           John 14:27

A Strange Balance…

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“Lord, you have chosen me to be in a strange balance.  It is a balance that one can only accomplish and hold on to while moving, in a dash.  It is a little like a bicycle that cannot stand straight without rolling…Balance is not found riding it in place; it is found in lives lived out and sometimes eventful.”  Madeleine Delbrel

“Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths.” Ps 25: 4

Hopeful Pursuit…

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“It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.  Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession.  Just one thing:  forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead.  I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling in Christ Jesus. ” Phil 3:12-14

At the Gate of the Year…

And I said to the one who stood at the gate of the year…

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“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

Minnie Haskins

“For I am the Lord,  your God, who grasp your right hand.  It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Is 41: 13

May your journey ahead into the year 2013 always be hand in hand with God. Happy New Year! May God be forever praised!