Father into your hands I place Marc ,Peter and his family , Hector , Edouard and his family . Your word tels us to seek first the kingdom of God and than all those other things shall be added . So I pray this night that they all seek your kingdom . Most of them say they need more money and I know I do that at times . What does it take to really know you . If we know Jesus we know you because you are one . Father I praise you this night for all of us . Let the light of the resurrection fill us . For this I pray in Jesus most HOly Name . Amen
Lord we lift your name on high
And we love to sing your praises
We're so glad you're in our lives
We're so glad you came to save us
You came from heaven to earth
to show us the way
From earth to the cross ,
our debt you paid
From the cross to the grave
And from the grave to the sky
Lord we lift your name on high
Jesus said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation'.
I feel like praying that my life might become simple enough for me to be able to
say 'yes' when Jesus looks at me with love and invites me to leave everything behind
and follow him.
Henri Nouwen above brings to mind for me attachments I think it diminishes a person . At times I have prayed that the Lord show me who I really am . He then brings to mind something specific for my attention . And why is it I have such a difficult time to give it up ? I think it may have something to do with control . I had very little freedom when I was growing up . It may date back to that . It's the here and now tht counts . I hope I am not grieving the Holy Spirit . I have to let go of my addictions . Psalm 91 says if you cling to me I will deliver you .
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him, and you have seen him.”
Philip asked him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough.” Jesus said to him, “What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do.
Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Indeed, anything you ask, calling upon my name, I will do.
There are people who are so transparent that they become reflections of people who had the most influence in their lives, that is, for example the parents. It is not uncommon for us to comment to sons and daughters that they are the spitting image of their parents, or talks and acts like their parents. In this occasion, we could only conclude one thing, the bond between them is so strong that the “parents” literally live through the image and likeness of their sons and daughters. Jesus was loved by the Father. He knew it and He never doubted. That is why His imitation of the Father goes deep than merely accidental. They mutually live in each other.
Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God to teach us, for no one can perform miraculous signs like yours unless God is with him.” Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above.”
Nicodemus said, “How can there be rebirth for a grown man? Who could go back to his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Because of this, don’t be surprised when I say: ‘You must be born again from above.’ The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Who are the Nicodemus's today .
On the evening of that day, the first day after the Sabbath, the doors were locked where the disciples were, because of their fear of the Jews, but Jesus came and stood in their midst. He said to them, “Peace be with you”; then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples kept looking at the Lord and were full of joy.
Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” After saying this he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.”
Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he replied, “Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer.”
Thomas then said, “You are my Lord and my God.” Jesus replied, “You believe because you see me, don’t you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe.”
There were many other signs that Jesus gave in the presence of his disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; believe and you will have life through his Name.
"Suffering for Christ means suffering because we are like Christ. Very often the opposition we meet is the result of our own selfishness or imprudence. We are not martyrs when we are "persecuted" by those who merely treat us as we treat them. A Christian martyr is one who, like Christ, is simply a witness to God's love, and brings out of human hearts the good or evil that is already there."
You yourself shall be pierced with a sword - so that the thoughts of many shall be laid bare . (Luke 2 :35)
Dear Father , Abba I pray that my heart be strenghtened and may I be closely united in love with the Church (Col 2:2)
The ingenuity of your love must show you the way there. And once inside, it must show you how to quiet the noise, clean the heart and soul, make whole that which has been wounded… .
"Your work includes everything that belongs to human society: politics, economics, sociology, history, poetry and fiction, science, music.
"You have no right to be indifferent to any of it! Climb that mountain, see that vision, understand yourself, your past, your present, your future, by using these books. Let your understanding grow!
"The tips of the wings of the Holy Spirit will touch your mind as you work." (Quote from Catherine De Hueck Dorothy )
Catherine lived in the southern eastern part of Ontario Canada . I visited that farm many years ago . It was a farm and retreat center . Much manual work and prayer . Little chickadees ate seed in our hands . How peaceful it was .
Catherine an energenic lady was totally Spirit filled . She opened houses around the world to help the poor . None where refused hospitality . She wrote many books . I love the way she says,"The tips of the wings of the Holy Spirit will touch your mind as you work ."
I was thinking when you get a letter from a friend is it that important that the commas , periods , colons , hyphens , ellipses
and other grammatical errors hinder your reading ? For me when a sibling writes to me I am happy to read how they are doing . I do feel irritated at times when I have to figure out what one is actually conveying .There is a dear soul that writes to me and I know she has two university degrees . She laces her writings with French and Latin as if I remember any Latin . One day we were speaking about a story we had both read . She was all taken up with the punctuation marks in English grammar . I almost laughed and I am thankful I didn't . Some day sI know I don't write as clearly as I would like to . I can't blame it on the weather . Maybe I can . The arthritis and fibromyalgia are worst on those days
During his life on earth he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent
tears to the one who had the power to save him out of death...he learnt to obey
through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him
the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 4)
Jesus announces to us: 'Do not be afraid. I dwell in you till the end of time
That's a friendly reminder from Henri Nouwen . I think we have to hold on to the fact . Jesus indeed lives in us . Realizing that we have better days .
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