Lent 04•03•2021: Show Me The Way

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Friends, here we are nearing the end of our Lenten journey, it sure feels like time has flown by.

When we think of the life of Jesus, it is widely accepted that he began his ministry around the age of 30 and was crucified at approximately age 33. Most would agree that is still very young. Jesus knew that he would endure death as God’s plan for the our reconciliation with him. Jesus knew that death was not the end, he came to reveal life to us, so certainly there must be hope beyond death. Henri Nouwen writes this, and so beautifully, “If the God who revealed life to us, and whose only desire is to bring us to life, loved us so much that he wanted to experience with us the total absurdity of death, then — yes, then there must be hope; then there must be something more than death; then there must be a promise that is not fulfilled in our short existence in this world; then leaving behind the ones you love, the flowers and the trees, the mountains and the oceans, the beauty of art and music, and all the exuberant gifts of life cannot be just the destruction and cruel ending of all things; then indeed we have to wait for the third day.”(1).

🤔THE MEANING OF LIFE 🧐

Honestly, I can’t give you an answer to this age old question, it is something we all must answer for ourselves. But, I will indeed share some of Nouwen’s insight; coincidentally; I was able to find answers I have been seeking for a very long time about the meaning of life, from Nouwen’s writings. He talks about “mortification” and its literal meaning: “making death” — this is what life is all about. The meaning of life, is death? I was somewhat puzzled too, here’s what Nouwen writes, “But mortification — literally, “making death” — is what life is all about, a slow discovery of the mortality of all that is created so that we can appreciate its beauty without clinging to it as if it were a lasting possession. Our lives can indeed be seen as a process of becoming familiar with death, as a school in the art of dying. I do not mean in a morbid way. On the contrary, when we see life constantly relativized by death, we can enjoy it for what it is: a free gift. The pictures, letters, and books of the past reveal life to us in a constant saying of farewell to beautiful places, good people, and wonderful experiences.” (2).

In my life, I love looking at photos and remember “the good ole days.” I recall how active I once was, energetic and flexible; I am reminded now that I need to be careful climbing ladders and stretching beyond my reach. I remember the embrace of my mother’s arms around me, I remember all the great food my grandmother cooked, I remember the love shared with friends and family especially at holidays… Life is indeed short, no matter the age or time we are called home.

These times have passed by like friendly visitors, leaving behind dear memories but also the reality of the shortness of life. “In every arrival there is a leave-taking; in every reunion there is a separation; in each one’s growing up is a growing old; in every smile there is a tear; and in every success there is a loss. All living is dying and all celebrations is mortification too.”(3).

— Psalm 90:10 —

“The span of our life is seventy years — eighty for those who are strong — but their whole extent is anxiety and trouble, they are over in a moment and we are gone.”

— James 4:14 —

“You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears.”

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Prayer Walk ~ Day 40 👣👣👣👣👣👣👣

Walk around your neighborhood and pray for what you see, hear, touch, and smell.

🙏🏻 Prayer 🙏🏻

I call to you, Yahweh, all day.

I stretch out my hands to you.

Do you work wonders for the dead,

can shadows rise up to praise you?

Do they speak in the grave of your faithful love,

of your constancy in the place of perdition?

Are your wonders known in the darkness,

your saving justice in the land of oblivion?

But, for my part, I cry to you, Yahweh,

every morning my prayer comes before you.

— Psalm 88:9-13

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing 

(1) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishi

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 136, paragraph 2.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 137, paragraph 1.

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Lent 04•02•2021: Show Me The Way

Good Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Dear friends —

Today, we observe “Good Friday,” it commemorates, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. This day we recall the suffering that Jesus endured. The enormous agony of Jesus’ Mother, watching her son beaten, tortured, mocked and nailed to a cross. His disciples were so terrified and scared that they could not even stand with Jesus at the cross or stand with Jesus, mother for comfort and support.

If we had been there, what would we have done?

Unlike those who were there on that day, that Friday so many years ago, it was a sad and sorrowful Friday. We have the privilege of knowing “the rest of the story” of Jesus’ victory over death. It’s can be so easy to rush through Good Friday and the Saturday which follows and RUSH right into Easter Sunday…please, I beg you do not rush Jesus’ suffering: and I strongly suggest that we be intentional about remembering the debt that was paid for our salvation. Can you hear the voice of Jesus crying out? … “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

— Matthew 27:46 —

“And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”

— Mark 15:34 —

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”

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The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Photo Gallery – IMDb

The crucifixion cross that was meant for horror, shame, ridicule and cruelty; their plan failed, the crucifixion cross become the Cross of Hope for all who believe and place their trust in Jesus Christ. Our Rock and our Redeemer.

The Cross of Hope

“The cross of horror became the cross of Hope, the tortured body became the body that gives new life; the gaping wounds became the source of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation” — Henri Nouwen

🔘IT’S FRIDAY BUT SUNDAY’S COMING🔘

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Practice Grace ~ Day 39 ~ Good Friday

Practice grace in everything you do today. Extend some to your family if they irate you, to the slow people in your checkout line, or to the cars that pull out in front of you. Notice where you need grace extended to you, too.

✝️ Prayer ✝️

O dear Lord, what can I say to you?

Is there any word that could come from my mouth,

any thought? any sentence?

You died for me, you gave all for my sins,

you not only became man for me

but also suffered the cruel death for me.

Is there any response?

I wish that I could find a fitting response,

but contemplating your Holy Passion and Death

I can only confess humbly to you

that the immensity of your divine love

makes any response seem totally inadequate.

Let me just stand and look at you.

Your body is broken, your head wounded,

your hands and feet are split open by nails,

your side is pierced.

Your dead body now rests in the arms of your Mother.

It is all over now. It is finished.

It is fulfilled. It is accomplished.

Sweet Lord, gracious Lord,

generous Lord, forgiving Lord,

I adore you, I praise you, I thank you.

You have made all things new

through your passion and death.

Your cross has been planted in this world

as a new sign of hope.

Let me always live under your cross, O Lord,

and proclaim the hope of your cross unceasingly.

~ Amen

Thank you for stopping by my blog space today, I appreciate your support. Blessings to you on this Good Friday.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 134paragraph 2.

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Lent 04•01•2021: Show Me The Way

Maundy Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Greetings to you in this Holy Maundy Thursday —

Today we commemorate and remember two very important acts; Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and Jesus presenting his body and blood as food and drink. I have participated in hand washing on Maundy Thursday services and have shared in the Eucharist. In both of these acts that Jesus performed, he was showing us how to love others as fully as he loves us. Jesus gives us the same command in both acts: after washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus says, “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done for you” (John 13:15). And after, (Jesus) giving of himself as food and drink says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19).

Nouwen, writes, “Jesus calls us to continue his mission of revealing the perfect love of God in this world. He calls us to total self-giving. He does not want us to keep anything for ourselves. Rather, he wants our love to be as full, as radical, and as complete as his own. He wants us to bend ourselves to the ground and touch the places in each other that most need washing. He (Jesus), wants us to become one body and one spirit, united by the love of God.”(1).

Friends, as we approach Maundy Thursday and prepare for Good Friday let us not quickly pass over the parts of Jesus’ Passion story and jump to Sunday. Because it is important to reflect, even sense the enormity of what Jesus endured and the loneliness he felt and what God, himself felt when the world he created. rejected his one and only son, Jesus Christ. Imagine Mary, helpless to comfort her son, in a way that only a mother’s touch can do. Indeed friend, it’s Thursday; but Sunday is coming! Hallelujah!

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Support ~ Day 38 ~ Maundy Thursday

Support a local school or teacher with a note, goodie, or supplies. You can go to donorchoose.org to support specific school projects.

🔹 Prayer 🔹

Almighty, everlasting God,

on the evening before he suffered

your beloved son entrusted to the Church

the sacrifice of the new and eternal covenant

and founded the banquet of his love.

Grant that from this mystery

we may receive the fullness of life and love.

We ask this through Jesus Christ.

~ Amen

Thank you for visiting my blog today, looking forward to sharing with you tomorrow. 💜🙏🏻

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 130, 131, paragraph 2, 1 respectively.

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Lent 03•31•2021: Show Me The Way

Photo Credit: Me (Sodalis Nature Park, IN)

Hello and welcome to Wednesday of Holy Week —

Henri Nouwen writes about Jesus’ love for us, he describes it as, “Lord, your love is a love that comes from a human heart. It is a heart-felt love that expresses itself through your whole being. You speak…you look…you touch…you give food.”(1).

Indeed, I agree the love of Jesus embraces us in all the ways we could ever need or want to be loved. Below is one of my favorite images I found years ago on the internet, it always warms my heart both literally and figuratively. I hope it warms yours, are are God’s child and you are loved so very much.

Here’s another favorite…

“(Lord), Your eyes penetrate the eternal mystery of the divine and see the glory of God.” — Henri Nouwen (2).

The human eyes of Jesus that sees the glory of God and the heavens are the same eyes that see you and me. The same eyes saw and looked upon the blind, the lepers, the lame, the poor, the rich, his disciples and his mother, Mary. I don’t know about you but this is something I haven’t really thought about before. It’s an awakening of sorts, it draws me closer to the divine, strangely I feel like I should have realized this before somehow. God, the Father, Jesus, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit together and individual see me and they see you. We are loved by our creator, and he watches over us.

Psalm 121:8, “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Proverbs 15:3 – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your support. Keep your 👀 on Jesus!

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Wonder ~ Day 37

Take a break from having all the answers. Spend the day noticing, wondering, and questioning the world around you.

🔹 Prayer 🔹

Dear Lord,

your disciple Peter wanted you to know

who would betray you.

You pointed to Judas but a little later also to him.

Judas betrayed, Peter denied you.

Judas hanged himself,

Peter became an apostle

whom you made the first among equals.

Lord, give me faith,

faith in your endless mercy,

your boundless forgiveness,

your unfathomable goodness.

Let me not be tempted to think that my sins

are too great to be forgiven,

too abominable to be touched by your mercy.

Let me never run away from you

but return to you again and again,

asking you to be my Lord,

my Shepherd, my Stronghold, and my Refuge.

Take me under your wing, O Lord,

and let me know that you do not reject me

as long as I keep asking you to forgive me.

Perhaps my doubt in your forgiveness is a greater sin

than the sins I consider too great to be forgiven.

Perhaps I make myself too important, too great

when I think

that I cannot be embraced by you any more.

Lord, look at me, accept my prayer,

as you accepted Peter’s prayer,

and let me not run away from you

in the night as Judas did.

Bless me, Lord, in this Holy Week,

and give me the grace

to know your loving presence more intimately.

~ Amen

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 127, paragraph 1.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 127, paragraph 2.

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Lent 03•30•2021: Show Me The Way

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday —

As I read the devotional for today, Henri Nouwen provided some great insights to Jesus’ word (betray) in Greek. He explains that a better translation of “betray” would be “One of you will hand me over.”

The Greek word for “betray” is “paradidomi.” Strong’s Concordance says it means to surrender, that is, yield up, intrust, transmit.”

Paradidomi

I found this statement from Nouwen, very educational; “It is an important term (paradidomi), not only to express what Judas did, but also what God did. Paul writes, “… he did not spare his own Son, but ‘handed him over’ for the sake of all of us.” [Romans 8:32].(1). If we translate Judas’s action as “to betray” as applied to Judas, we do not fully express the mystery because Judas is described as being an instrument of God’s work. That is why Jesus said, “The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed [handed over]” (Matthew 26:24).(2).

Another interesting thing that Nouwen points out is that at the betrayal of Jesus, his ministry takes a pivotal turn from action to passion. I have never made this connection until now and it so clear… Jesus’ ministry had been one of teaching, preaching, healing, and moving to wherever he wanted to go. Now that he has been handed over, now things are no longer done by him, but to him. Jesus is beaten, abused, stripped of his clothing, laughed at, spat upon, and nailed to a wooden cross. “Jesus, the passive victim, now subject to other people’s actions. From the very moment Jesus is handed over, his passion begins, and through this passion he fulfills his vocation. It is important to realize that Jesus fulfills his mission NOT by what he does, but by what is done to him.”(3).

The good news of all of this is that Jesus is handed over to PASSION, and through his PASSION accomplished his divine task on earth. That, my friends is good news for a world passionately searching for wholeness’

I am asking myself some hard questions:

🔘 “Am I ready to be handed over?”

🔘 “Am I ready to fulfill my mission and ministry?”

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How about you…

🔘 Is the Spirit calling out to you?

🔘 Are you ready to be handed over?

Nouwen interjects a Bible verse that was perplexing to me but after reading it several times along with his introduction of it, I think I now have a better understanding.

Jesus was speaking to Peter, it is about transitioning from action to passion, this too is for us if, we want to follow in the ways of Jesus.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your support. Blessings to you! 🙏🏻🌿💜❣️

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Church Staff ~ Day 36

Lent and Holy Week are especially busy times for church staff. Pray for their well-being.

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🙏🏻 Prayer 🙏🏻

If you, O God, are for us

who can be against us?

Since you did not spare your own Son,

but gave him up for the sake of all of us,

then can we not expect that with him

you will freely give us all his gifts?

Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus,

your Son, who died —

yes and more, who was raise from the dead

and is at God’s right hand —

and who is adding his plea for us?

— After Romans 8:31, 32, 34

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 124, paragraph 2.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 124, paragraph 3.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 124, 125, paragraph 4, 1, 2, respectively.

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https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/paradidomi.html

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Lent 03•29•2021: Show Me The Way

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Dear friends and family —

We have entered into Holy Week, we have an advantage that the disciples and followers of Jesus did not have in the days we now call Holy Week. We have the biblical accounts of the events of Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem, much like “Paul Harvey” used to say, “and that’s the rest of the story.”

I mentioned yesterday in my blog post that I had started watching the movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” I watched a few more minutes tonight, it’s a tough movie to watch, because it’s truthful. Tonight’s portion that I viewed is found in Mark 15:1-15

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2015:1-15&version=NRSVA

Jesus loved us and endured pain, ridicule and aloneness because it was the only way to reconcile the broken relationship between humans and God. Henri Nouwen, in his book, “Show Me The Way” says, “The way of Jesus can only be walked with Jesus. If l/we want to do it alone, it becomes a form of inverse heroism as fickle as heroism itself. Only Jesus, the Son of God, can walk to that place of total surrender and mercy. He warns us about striking off on our own: ‘cut off from me, you can do nothing.’ But he also promises, “Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.” (John 15:5).”(1).

Our scripture verse today tells us about the poor and that they will always be with us. “Every time we think we have touched a place of poverty, we will discover greater poverty beyond that place. Beyond physical poverty there is mental poverty, beyond mental poverty there is spiritual poverty and beyond that there is nothing, nothing but the naked trust that God is mercy.” (2)

When I was growing up I remember stories my parents would share that made me feel like we were living well. They told a story of a relative living in the hills of Tennessee and their home had dirt floors, mom said, those were the cleanest dirt floors she had ever seen! Another story my mom shared was that when she was growing up in the winter time before getting out of bed they would have to sometimes shake the snow off the blankets. My mom was 1 of 8 children so they shared a bed most of the time. My grandmothers first house after getting married was an old Army tent. These are not stories of poverty to me but stories of love and perseverance. My parents and grandparents did their very best to walk with Jesus. Poverty does exist, it exists in many forms and we cannot turn away from it or wish it away. We can PRAY. We can take ACTION. We can share the love of God with the world, one person at a time. As we move forward this week, Holy Week be ever so mindful that you do not walk alone. “Only with Jesus can we go to the place where there is nothing but mercy. It is the place from which Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It is also the place from which Jesus was raised up to new life.” (3).

“If prayer leads us into a deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give rise to concrete acts of service. And if concrete acts of service do indeed lead us to a deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the dying, and the oppressed, they will always give rise to prayer. In prayer we meet Christ. and in him all human suffering. In service we meet people, and in meeting them the suffering Christ. Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of the compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian. Such acts do not stand beside the moments of prayer and worship but are themselves such moments. Why? Because Jesus Christ, who did not cling to his divinity, but became as we are, can be found where they are hungry, thirsty, alienated, naked, sick, and imprisoned people. Precisely when we live in an ongoing conversation with Christ and allow his Spirit to guide our lives, we will recognize him in the poor, oppressed, and the downtrodden, and will hear his cry and respond to it wherever he reveals himself. So worship becomes ministry and ministry becomes worship and all we say and do, ask for or give, becomes a way to the life in which God’s compassion can manifest itself.” (4).

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I used a lot of quotes from Nouwen today because his words touched my soul and I pray they touch yours as well. ~Peace to you my friends ~

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Be Uncomfortable ~ Day 35

Growth happens in places where we are uncomfortable, and it’s easy to stay in places of comfort. Push yourself to find new opportunities to live your faith, especially if it means doing something new.

🔹 Prayer 🔹

Rise Yahweh! God, raise your hand,

do not forget the afflicted!

You have seen for yourself the trouble and vexation,

you watch do as to take it in hand.

Yahweh, you listen to the laments of the poor.

You give them courage, you grant them a hearing.

— Psalm 10:12, 14, 17

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 121-122paragraph 4, 1 respectively.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 121, paragraph 2.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 121, paragraph 3.

(4) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 122, paragraph 3, 4, 5 respectively.

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Lent 03•28•2021: Show Me The Way

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Christ on a Donkey, in the Augustiner Museum in Freiburg, according to Henri Nouwen, is one of the most moving Christ figures he knows. I certain agree!

Christ on a Donkey, is a fourteenth-century sculpture originally from Niederrotweil, a small town close to Breisach on the Rhine. It was made to be pulled on a cart in a Palm Sunday procession…(1). Nouwen goes onto describe the sculpture, Christ’s long slender face with a high forehead, inward-looking eyes, long hair, and small forked beard expresses the mystery of his suffering in a way that holds me spellbound.(2).

https://www.freiburg.de/pb/site/Freiburg/get/documents_E-1927036494/freiburg/daten/news/amtsblatt/pdf/AB_SS_2010-0312.pdf

The words of Henri Nouwen describing Jesus riding into Jerusalem, “Jesus appears completely concentrated on something else. He does not look at the excited crowd. He does not wave. He sees beyond all the noise and movement to what is ahead of him: an agonizing journey of betrayal, torture, crucifixion, and death. His unfocused eyes see what nobody around him can see; his high forehead reflects knowledge of things to come far beyond any one’s understanding. There is melancholy, but also peaceful acceptance. There is insight into the fickleness of the human heart, but also immense compassion. There is a deep awareness of the unspeakable pain to be suffered, but also a strong determination to do God’s will. Above all, there is love, an endless, deep, and far-reaching love born from an unbreakable intimacy with God and reaching out to all people, wherever they are, were or will be. There is nothing that he does not fully know. There is nobody whom he does not fully love. Every time I look at this Christ on a Donkey, I am reminded again that I am seen by him with all my sins, guilt, and shame and loved with all his forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. Just looking at this Jesus is a prayer. I look and look and look, and know that he sees the depths of my heart; I do not have to be afraid. Joy and sadness are born at the same time, both arising from deep places in the heart that words cannot be found to capture the complex emotions. But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.(3).

Dear, dear friends —- Blessings to you on this Palm Sunday! 🌿🌿🌿

I found the words of Nouwen to be awe-inspiring, thoughtful, and filled with great detail. I felt as in I were in the museum looking at the sculpture of Christ on a Donkey with my own eyes. Celebrate Jesus’ arrival into the holy city, he is indeed worthy of praise.

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When I got home from work yesterday I started watching the movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” I made it only a short way into the movie, to Judas’ betrayal. Many things entered my thoughts, mostly the pain and agony Jesus endured for our/my salvation. Then I was reminded of the ugliness of the human heart, not a single day goes by that there is not violence in the news, local, state, national, extending into countries…it’s an epidemic, no different and the COVID pandemic the world is currently dealing with. At least with COVID, vaccines are available. How do we get people to start caring for one another? How can hate be eradicated? The soil of humanity has been a breeding ground for devaluing human life, we must find ways to plant peace, mutual respect and value on every life. It’s a tall order I know, but I also believe it can be done one person at a time. It takes much more energy to hate than it does to just live, live the best you possible. If hate is contagious, so it is with love; and peace; and respect! Much love to you! Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am grateful for your support, comments and prayers. 💜

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ A Break ~ Palm Sunday

Who do you know who needs a break, and how can you give them a break? You could offer a run to the store, babysitting, sweeping/shoveling, or even a small gift card.

🌿 Prayer 🌿

Almighty God,

today we pay homage to Christ in his victory.

With songs of praise

we accompany him into the holy city;

grant that we may come

to the heavenly Jerusalem through him

who lives and reigns with you to all eternity.

— From the prayers for the blessing of the palms

— Amen

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 118, paragraphs 1 and 2 respectively.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 118, paragraph 2.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 119, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively.

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Lent 03•27•2021: Show Me The Way

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Photo Credit: Me [Fountain County, IN]

October 16th, 2020

Welcome friends and family —

The great mystery of God. The truth of God escapes our human capacities. The greatness of God cannot be grasp by our human minds.(1). I have no special skills to explain God to you, what I CAN do is share a life experience with you. I know that I experienced a conversion, I felt a need in my heart for a missing piece. That missing piece was accepting Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept the scriptures as God’s Word for all to read and free to apply the lessons to our lives. A feeling of completeness is what I discovered in my salvation story. Trusting God and believing in God does not mean life will be without its share of pain and challenging situations. The Good News is we will not be alone in our pain or difficult situations, God’s promises are the foundation of our faith. It is from this base foundation we find hope.(2). That Hope is Jesus. The promises of God and his love are found throughout the scriptures.

— 1 John 4:7-9 —

“My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him.”

— John 1:14 —

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Detach – Day 34 ~ Set aside what you find yourself attached to for the day. It could be your phone, books, video games, etc. What space does this open up for you?

🔸 Prayer 🔸

O God, we are the heirs of the covenant

you made with our ancestors

when you told Abraham,

“All nations of the earth will be blessed

in your descendants.”

It was for us that you raised up your servant Jesus

and sent him to bless us.

— After Acts 3:25-26

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I am humbled and blessed by your support. Happy Saturday everyone! 😁

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 116, paragraph 1.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 117, paragraph 2.

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Skin and Truth

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” —1 Corinthians 13:12 (NRSVA)

Years of stretching and pulling

Endless tossing and turning

All the questions, doubts and complete denial

Seeking and searching for your approval

Feeling alone, rejected, an outcast

Looking for understanding and acceptance

Your face was blank, nothing, a void

Running and hiding…I thought from you?

I did not fit! Out of Style! Out of date?

The years have made you soften

The roughness of your edges are slowly disappearing

Truth, it finally came to me…

The most unexpected of places

-Within me-

Not my reflection in a mirror

Not an action or expression

My heart, my very soul-

I had not accepted me

My obstacle in life has begun to fade.

-C.A.Robinson©️

05/13/07 at 0005

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.” — Jeremiah 29:11-13

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

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Lent 03•26•2021: Show Me The Way

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Photo Credit: Me [Hendricks County, IN]

September 21, 2014

“I have shown you many good works from my father; for which of these are you stoning me?” — John 10:23

Happy Friday everyone —

The great mystery of Jesus, as described by Henri Nouwen is this, “Jesus who is the sinless Son of God, chose in total freedom to suffer fully our pains and thus to let us discover the true nature of our own passions. In him, we see and experience our broken humanity not as a curse (Genesis 3:14-19), but as a blessing. His divine compassion makes it possible for us to face our sinful selves, because it transforms our broken human condition from a cause of despair into a source of hope.”(1).

Genesis 3:14-19 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%203:14-19&version=NRSVA

In everything that Jesus did during his life on earth was to teach us and to show us LOVE. And, “that the love we most long for is given to us by God, not because we deserve it, but because God is a God of love.”(2).

It really is that simple…LOVE. God’s Word tells us throughout the scriptures that the key to everything is LOVE, why is it that we, all God’s children keep messing this up?

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1 John 4:20 ESV

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

1 Peter 4:8 ESV

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

John 13:34-35 ESV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 12:10 ESV

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

1 John 4:7-10 ESV

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 John 4:11 ESV

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Romans 13:8 ESV

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

1 John 3:18 ESV

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Galatians 5:13 ESV

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

John 15:12 ESV

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

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I know, that was a lot of verses. I’m not apologizing for them, simply a reminder largely for myself and hopefully to others to know that God loves us and he knows us. God knows the hearts of all his children and Jesus literally feels our pains, our sorrows, our passions, our joys…our everything.

Our world his filled with so much darkness and evil, it can seem overwhelming at times. But there is hope, seize the moments when truth and love shine through, celebrate the good in all people. God moves and works in mysterious ways, keep the eyes and ears of your heart open to receive blessings from God. Just today, I was feeling a bit under-the-weather, not sick but not overflowing with joy…I have the most amazing coworkers, one in particular showed me love in the form of a hug. Nothing groundbreaking to most but this person is not normally the hugging kind. Mutual love and respect for another person can and does happen, I’m glad to have been on the receiving end of one of God’s mysterious ways today. The depth of our friendship is invaluable to me. I hope and pray you have moments that fill you with joy as this one did for me.

God loved us so much that he sent his only son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. “In these words the meaning of the Incarnation is summed up. God has become human — that is, God-With-Us — in order to show us that the anxious concern for recognition and the violence among us spring from a lack of faith in the love of God. If we had a firm faith in God’s unconditional love for us, it would no longer be necessary to be always on the lookout for ways of being admired by people, and we would need, even less, to obtain from people by force what God desires to give us so abundantly.”(3).

Be mindful today of how you treat others, I pray that you are met with kindness, respect and love. Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am blessed to share God’s word with you.

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Jesus Prayer – Day 33

Recite the Jesus prayer 10 times, either in one sitting or throughout the course of the day. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” For children, it can be as simple as, “Jesus loves me and my neighbor.”

💠 ~ Prayer ~ 💠

Lord Jesus Christ,

you suffered for us

and left an example

for us to follow in your steps.

You had done nothing wrong,

and had spoken no deceit.

You were insulted

and did not retaliate with insults;

when you were suffering

you made no threats

but put your trust

in the upright judge.

You were bearing our sins

in your body on the cross,

so that we might die to our sins

and live for uprightness;

through your bruises

we have been healed.

— After 1 Peter 2:21-24

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

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 113, paragraph 1.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 114, paragraph 1.

(3) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 114, paragraph 2.

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