*image borrowed from http://marymackillop.org/
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things…”
taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
and listen to His Words
my judging and my pity party.
she is enjoying Jesus in a way that I haven’t allowed myself to.
Help me to make the time to listen.
*image borrowed from http://www.crippledsteps.com/
Father’s Love Letter
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You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
for all your days are written in my book.
and where you would live.
by those who don’t know me.
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
1 John 3:1
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
as the sand on the seashore.
with all my heart and all my soul.
you will find me.
the desires of your heart.
than you could possibly imagine.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I am close to you.
I have carried you close to my heart.
every tear from your eyes.
you have suffered on this earth.
even as I love my son, Jesus.
not against you.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
that I might gain your love.
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
from my love again.
heaven has ever seen.
and will always be Father.
Will you be my child?
Love, Your DadAlmighty God
Remember our profound ignorance of God as you read. Pretend that you have never read or heard of the verses you are reading and see it as if for the first time. Read slowly and out loud if you can.
Take note of what jumps out of you.
Read it again slowly.
Listen for Gods voice as you read.
Lent Prayers from JW
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“Come down from that tree…”
I like to blend in; I fit easily in a crowd, unnoticed. I had heard so many things about Jesus, and I just wanted to catch a glimpse of this charismatic Man.
I saw the perfect tree ~ easy enough to climb to get a little height. I didn’t have time to think about it.
Jesus would be walking by, any minute…surrounded by the eager crowd.
For once, I wasn’t thinking about what anyone else would think. I knew that everyone else was focused on catching a glimpse on this famous Jesus.
From my perch in the tree, I still felt lost in the crowd.
I guess that’s why at first it didn’t register that
Jesus was looking at me.
Then He was speaking to me.
He called me by name. No, He wasn’t calling someone else behind me
He called me by name, asking me to come down quickly from the tree.
He announced ~ in front of the whole crowd ~ that He would be coming to my house.
Still in disbelief that He was indeed addressing me, my mind began to race to recall the state of my house.
I had left in a hurry that morning…late again.
My home wasn’t ready for company…let alone this company…Jesus!
Suddenly, I was jolted back to the present as I was warmed by His penetrating gaze.
He wasn’t coming to my house to assess my housekeeping skills.
Right now, He was assessing my soul…my eagerness to draw close to Him, my desire to follow Him,
learn from Him, serve Him and reflect His Love…my yearning to accept His unconditional Love.
He knows that I climbed that tree to catch a glimpse of Him: how deep does my gaze go?
How much can I read from His gentle Face? How much can I take in, in that glimpse?
He asks me “what do you see when you look at Me?”
He listens intently as I answer Him…
1st Sunday of Lent 2011
He allows temptation, and uses it providentially to purify you, to make you holy, to detach you more from the things of earth…and above all, to make you humble…
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James1:12
Collected from In Conversation with God, by Fr. Francis Fernandez.