Thursday, March 25th, 2021
Photo Credit: Me
Sodalis Nature Park, IN
“In all truth I tell you,
whoever keeps my word
will never see death.”
— John 8:51
Hi friends —
What keeps you grounded in your faith?
Over the past year many have been in a state of flux regarding the attendance of in person church services, myself included. I believe that most churches have stepped up with regard to online services through many modes of electronic outlets. I’ll be honest, I have struggled with online services, it’s the in person interaction that helps me stay grounded and learning. I have felt isolated and forgotten, as I am sure others have too. This space to write and read others thoughts has helped me over the last year. My quiet time with God, reading my devotional scriptures and sharing my thoughts with an online audience has helped. I am so thankful my job never became a “work-from-home” situation. Being an essential work most assuredly saved me from myself. I have a great job, work with some amazing individuals and I hope to continue it until retirement, God willing.
Photo Credit: Me
Top: Sodalis Park
Bottom Left: Centennial Community Church-The Church I grew up in
Bottom Right: Church in Mooresville
All in Indiana.
Henri Nouwen writes this about the Church; “First of all, listen to the Church. I know that that isn’t a popular bit of advice at a time and in a country where the Church is frequently seen more as an “obstacle” in the way rather than as the “way” to Jesus. Nevertheless, I’m profoundly convinced that the greatest spiritual danger for our times is the separation of Jesus from the Church. The Church is the body of the Lord. Without Jesus there can be no Church; and without the church we cannot stay united with Jesus. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has come closer to Jesus by forsaking the church. To listen to the Church is to listen to the Lord of the Church. Specifically, this means taking part in the Church’s liturgical life. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost; these seasons and feasts teach you to know Jesus better and better, and unite you more and more intimately with the divine life he offers you in the Church.”(1).
🔘 The Church is the body of Jesus.
🔘 No Jesus, No Church.
🔘 Know Jesus, Know the Church.
🔘 Listen to the Church
🔘 Listen to the Lord of the Church.
🔘 Take part in the Church.
🔘 Liturgical life will unite people
🔘 Liturgical life will grow in intimacy with the divine life.
“The Eucharist is the heart of the Church’s life. It’s there that you hear the life-giving Gospel and receive the gifts that sustain that life within you. The best assurance that you’ll keep listening to the Church is your regular participation in the Eucharist.”(2). — Henri J.M. Nouwen
Friends, I believe wholeheartedly in the words that Nouwen wrote about the Eucharist. I also agree that the Church and regular attendance will strength ones resolve and grow in the ways of God. I say these things but have not practiced them as of late, I have become somewhat disillusioned with the Church (my Church) over the past year. This is my personal pilgrimage, my fork in the road if you will. I have chosen to re-evaluate what it is that I need from the Church, my church and what my church is offering. I love my brothers and sisters and have stressed about being away from them for well over a year now. God is with me, I know this to be true and I look to him for guidance and clarity. I believe the Church has a calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world and sometimes the hurting world is sitting right beside you and not somewhere on the other side of the globe. Don’t get me wrong, both are important and valuable, but sometimes we must prioritize. If the Church grows without the needs from within being met, it will quickly grow, and grow weak in its expansion.
I pray you have a Church and that you are filled and fed by the Church. Thank you for stopping by my Blog Post today, God Bless You and Keep You! ~ Amen
Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:
~ Act of Kindness – Day 32
Perform a random act of kindness for another person today. If you need ideas for what to do check our: randomactsofkindness.org
🔹 Prayer 🔹
O God, it is impossible to believe you
since anyone who comes to you
must believe that you exist
and reward those who seek you.
— After Hebrews 11:6
~Charlotte, 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 111-112, paragraph 4, 1 respectively.
(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 112, paragraph 2.
(NIV) New International Version Bible/Translation
(NRSVA) New Revised Standard Version Apocrypha
(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation