In All Those Places…

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And the Lord says, “Let me LOVE you in all those places you are too hard on yourself.”

Christmas Virus…WARNING…

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WARNING……WARNING: CHRISTMAS VIRUS

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Christmas Virus:

A tendency to:      think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past  experiences

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

A loss of  interest in judging other people.

  • A loss of  interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of  interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented  feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased  susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it. (Author Unknown)

SPREAD THE GIFT!

Bursting…

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God always surprises us.  He bursts our categories. He wreaks havoc with our plans.  And He tells us: Trust me.  Do not be afraid.  Let yourself be surprised.  Leave yourself behind and follow Me.  * Pope Francis

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. ” 1 John 4:18

Gift to Me….

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Through wordly eyes we see fragmented bits and pieces of a person…

But to “heart-know” as God sees…

We see instead a blend of all that was…all that is…and all that could be…

the broken…the open…the healed…

in a whirl of beauty that strikes one’s own heart with the words of Jesus….

“Father, they are your gift to me.” (John 17:24)

 

The Mess of Me…

“It is here in the pieces of my shame that I find myself.” Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

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Strewn about within the confines of the mind

These pieces of shame.

Bits of unlovable, not enough, could’ve been, disconnected, less than, shards cut the heart…

weigh down the joy-filled dance.

Bending down low to uproot…bit by bit…like a child collecting stones that block the stream’s flow.

Lifted up in offering to He who is the Offering.

The mess of me becomes the beauty of us…

Heart to heart intertwined,

Brokenness made whole.

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In the pieces of my shame I discover…He who is Love.

And the mess of me becomes the beauty of us…

Heart to heart intertwined.

“He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 18:2-3

The Servant Song…

The Servant Song

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Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you;

Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

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 We are pilgrims on a journey.  We are trav’lers on the road.

We are here to help each other.  Walk the mile and bear the load.

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 I will hold the Christlight for you in the night-time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you.  Speak the peace you long to hear.

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 I will weep when you are weeping; When you laugh I’ll laugh with you.

I will share your joy and sorrow til we’ve seen this journey through.

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 When we sing to God in heaven we shall find such harmony,

Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.

(text and tune by Richard Gilliard 1977)

Was deeply touched as we sang this song “in harmony” today at Church. May it bless you as well.

“so that we may exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.” Eph 1:12

Allow Yourself to Be Loved…

After a month sabbatical there is an important truth that I have learned….

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Allowing yourself to be LOVED

By HE who is LOVE….

Draws others to HIM.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.  No one has ever seen God.  Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. ” 1 John 4:11-12

This Man…

This man was scourged, crucified, and killed;

But an unspeakable love resurrected Him from death and from infamy;

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It placed Him in a glory of love that never weakens and that finds in Him peace, honor, and joy even to the point of ecstasy.

This man was pursued by an inextinguishable hatred in His suffering and in His tomb;

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But He asked for apostles and martyrs to His name in every generation, and there has been no age without them.

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This man is the only human being ever to have founded a kingdom of love on the earth;

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And this man is you, O JESUS CHRIST!

(Father Henri-Dominique Lacordaire +1861)

Have a blessed Easter Week…May you rest in the joy and peace of His resurrection glory and be an apostle in His name!