🍀 Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 ☘️
Dear friends and family — Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thank you for stopping by my blog today. I am later than usual in posting because I wanted to ponder the words that Henri Nouwen shared in the devotional book I’m reading. His words helped to paint a picture of what he calls, “All-Embracing Love.” It describes the relationship of God, the Father and Jesus, the Son of God embodied in an all-embracing love; a divine person, a coequal with the Father and the Son, and has a personal name. It is the Holy Spirit. “The Father loves the Son and pours himself out in the Son. The Son is loved by the Father and returns all he is to the Father. The Spirit is love itself, eternally embracing the Father and the Son.”(1). What a beautiful image! I found the following picture contained in an article about “God in Three Persons,” at https://www.christianity.com/god/trinity/god-in-three-persons-a-doctrine-we-barely-understand-11634405.html
Jesus came so we could be saved through his life, death and resurrection. He lived his life to be an example to each of us on how to live, live a spiritual life. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us on our journeys. We can never fully understand the meaning of the all-embracing love, the perfect love that between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit but that should not deter us from trying and pursuing it. I, myself feel overwhelmed when I think of an all-embracing love and extending it to the world. This sensation causes me to “miss the single significant tree because all I see is a forest!” I believe the individual calling for most of us is to take notice of the single, small and specific things in life (trees) (people) (causes), etc., I am a believer that small things lead to big things. Remember, it only takes a spark to get a fire going. Be the spark, trust in God for the rest.
“We will never understand the full meaning of Jesus’ richly varied ministry unless we see how the many things are rooted in the one thing: listening to the Father in the intimacy of perfect love. When we see this, we will also realize that the goal of Jesus’ ministry is nothing less than to bring us into the most intimate community.”(2)
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 NIV
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:
~ Memorize – Day 25
What scripture do you want to hold close to guide you today and in the future? Write it down and repeat it throughout the day. You can even set a timer on your phone as a reminder.
❇️ Prayer ❇️
~Charlotte, the Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing
(1) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 89-90, paragraph 2, 1 respectively.
(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 90, paragraph 2.
(NIV) New International Version Bible/Translation
(NRSVA) New Revised Standard Version Apocrypha
(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation