Inspiration From This Week

From Psalm 37

Commit your life to the Beloved,

confident that Love will act

on your behalf…

Our lives come from the Most Hight,

and Love walks beside those with

open hearts.

Those who know Love are blessed and

shall be filled with the Spirit;

though their lives may seem difficult,

Love raises them up.

as found in Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill

What I Am Practicing

A very  dear friend is sending her first born off to boot camp this weekend.  She was looking for some scripture verses that he might pray with and I sent the list below.  It got me thinking that many of us have young adults in our lives who are going off on adventures or back to school at the end of the summer and might like a list like this one.  For that matter we could use these scriptures ourselves to pray on their behalf or in our personal prayer.  I have often admired the way that some Christians are taught and encouraged as children to memorize verse.  I think that in moments of trial these sacred words must come back to you.  I try occasionally to memorize scripture so that I can hold it in my heart but its not second nature to me as I am sure it is with those brought up that way. But regardless, the practice of Lectio Divina, in which the verse is repeated three to four times, pausing in between each repetition to let the Spirit speak lends itself to scripture verses like these.  If you have other verses to add to my friend’s collection for her son, please share.  And please keep him in your prayers over the next six weeks.
Trust:
Ps 56  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you…and have no fear, what can mortal man do to me?
Ps 125  Whoever trusts in Yahweh is like Mount Zion: unshakeable, it stands forever…Yahweh encircles his people, henceforth and for ever
1 Peter 5:6-11…the God of all grace…will confirm, strengthen and support you, His power lasts forever.
Is 26:1-9  Trust in Yahweh forever, for Yahweh is a rock forever
Strength and Weakness:
1 Cor 1:25-31  …but he answered me, “My grace is enough for you; for power is at full strength in weakness.”
Ps 16  Yahweh, you, you alone, hold my lot secure…with him…nothing can shake me.
Jer 23:23-24  Am I a God when near…and not a God when far away?  Do I not fill the heaven and earth?
Security in God
Is 41:8-13  I have chosen you, I have not rejected you , do not be afraid for I am with you ….I shall help you.
Ps 91  Since he clings to me I rescue him, I raise him high, since he acknowledges my name.  He calls to me and I answer him: in distress I am at his side.
Peace and Confidence
Lk 12:22-32  I am telling you not to worry about your life…there is no need to be afraid…for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.
Ps 4  Yahweh listens when I call to him…In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep…it is you…who make me rest secure.
God’s loving concern
Rom 8:28-39…God works with those who love him…and turns everything to their good…neither death not life…nor any created thing…will ever be able to come between us and the love of God…
God’s love
Is 54:9-10  I swear never to be angry with you…my faithful love will never leave you, my comvenant of peace will never totter…
Is 43:2-7  Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine…I am…your God…I regard you as precious…and I love you.
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Love is THE thing!

About one hundred posts ago I started this blog with the idea that I would share my journey to find my true self.  And if you have been with me along the way you are witness to my meanderings…some grace-filled, some shedding light, others not so much.

Along the way I am also sure that you have been a witness to  my resistance to getting it, to truly understanding, to God’s love even.  The thing I have resisted the most is creating the necessary space to hear the answer.  I feel quite certain that God has been wishing to reveal the truth to me all along but I resist and create diversions, even in my quest for truth and in my prayer.  Above all else I resist the silence, giving God the space to speak.

But God is a gracious, all-knowing and creative God.  “Hmmm,” I can almost hear God say, “she reads, she is a reader…And I know a few writers…Let us place some books in her path.”   And I have read many, many pages and spent hours and hours reflecting.  The funny thing is that its one of my diversionary tactics at times, reading, it gives me something to do because above all else I must be doing, rather than being 🙂 

Anyway, back to the point, I finally read it…in R.Rohr’s latest book, The Immortal Diamond: The Quest for the True Self, written I am sure you will agree, just for me!  Fr. Rohr writes on page 176-177:

Your True self is who you are, and always have been in God, and at its core, it is love itself.  Love is both who you are and who you are still becoming, like a sunflower seed that becomes its own sunflower…It is love becoming love in this unique form called “me.”

So this is it!  To become love…as the psalmist prays over and over, “Teach me to be love as You are Love.”  Love is the thing!

All the bumper stickers are right!!!

It doesn’t matter what I do, where I live, what I look like, how much money, if any, I make…all I have to do is love, be love, walk around all day loving.  I’m bursting with excitement at the very idea of it… waking up each day with the curiosity, asking God:  What’s up today?  How will we love today?  What will it look like?  Who will it look like?  I could just cry…

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Post Number One Hundred

Months have passed since my last entry. You may have wondered what was going on with me. Well it seems I was afraid and was believing a lie. You see when I hit the publish button on my computer after completing an entry, the program congratulates me including the number of the post. My last post was my 99th one. So it seems that little innocuous message got imbedded in my brain along with the lie that I didn’t have anything important enough to say that would merit such a milestone…number one hundred. I was talking to someone last night and I heard myself say this when she asked about my blog. I didn’t know before that I had built up such a story around my blog and that I was believing and living this lie.

And because I haven’t completely obliterated this lie, I have decided to borrow some words for this blog post. I read these words a few weeks ago and they have held my imagination and their truth has resonated. I have wondered and wondered about them and how I do and do not live them. I have no doubt they are worthy of a one-hundredth post. I hope you find them equally mesmerizing and inspiring.

 

 

Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to understand it better every day.   And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all embracing love…Things flow and are indirectly linked together, and if you push here, something will move at the other end of the world. If you strike here, something somewhere will wince; if you sin here, something somewhere will suffer.

–Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamosov

 

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 PS.  I am inspired to create a list like this as a gratitude practice!  I’ll post when done.