Prayer has far more to do with what God wants to do in us than with our trying to “reach” or “realize,” still less “entertain,” God in prayer.
This truth eliminates anxiety and concern as to the success or non-success of our prayer, for we can be quite certain that, if we want to pray and give the time to prayer, God is always successful and that is what matters.
What we think of as our search for God is, in reality, a response to the divine Lover drawing us to himself. There is never a moment when divine Love is not at work.
This work is nothing other than a giving of the divine Self in love.
The logical consequence for us must surely be that our part is to
let ourselves be loved,
—let ourselves be given to,
let ourselves be worked upon by this great God
and made capable of total union with Him. “
This reflection extracted from Ruth Burrows Essence of Prayer so closely resembles my Advent wish ‘Receive His Love’ from a different perspective that I thought I would share it as my Christmas post.
My wish for my Christian brothers and people of all faiths is that we will let God – whoever you conceive Him to be – to work on us this Christmas so there is peace on earth, good will and love amongst men.
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One month more for Christmas – the day that Love came down.
Fleeting thoughts … a thread floating in my mind waiting to be drawn, pulled together, stitched …
I’m Ok you’re Ok … is not OK. It forces you said Anthony Mello to be OK before others accept you as OK;. Better rather he suggested “I’m an Ass …you’re an Ass!”
Beethoven suffered because people appreciated his music but not his person – incredibly sad.
Success tells me that my work is fine while LOVE tells me that I am fine –
Love me for a reason and let the reason be love …
Wonderful creative redemptive love that came to save me from myself
Grace freely given … without measure, without judgement, without demands
For God so loved the world that he gave his Beloved Son that whoever believed in Him might be saved. (John 3.16)
Saved from the world of conditional love
To the world of PERFECT LOVE
For only when we receive His love, can we be truly ONE with Him.
In LOVE are we saved … perfected.
RECEIVE HIS LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS
It is our SALVATION.
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“The Son of Man came … to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
With all thy getting, get an understanding (Proverbs 4:7)
I am a Doubting Thomas by nature! I could not accept a+ b = c in Algebra without questioning why a or b etc. .. so it is no surprise I had difficulty accepting the statement of faith that Jesus died to save us from our sins: that he gave his life as a ransom for many.
Sure, I accepted it as a child. But when the age of so called reason hit me, what was black and white became grey, cloudy, and foggy. I realized I could not give a proper explanation if a non-Christian asked me how Christ’s death on the cross saved us from our sins and why God wanted such a sacrifice from his Son. I found myself fumbling to explain what I did not understand.