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Discovering God

Prayer KneelerThere are some fascinating words of Jesus in John 17: 23&24, “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” Have you ever pondered on this passage? What does it mean to be one with God? Further, why are we one with Him?

The contemplative monk Thomas Merton had this to say about the passage. “The seeds of this perfect life are planted in every Christian soul at Baptism. But seeds must grow and develop before you reap the harvest. There are thousands of Christians walking about the face of the earth bearing in their bodies the infinite God of whom they know practically nothing.”

Life would be so different if only we recognized and nourished these precious seeds we bear in our souls. God has given each of us a small part of himself. After all, we are created in the “image and likeness” of God. The pilgrimage of a lifetime is to discover and nurture that precious gift God has given us. We discover this gift as we spend time with Him-fully open to His presence. We can pray, fast, meditate, worship and engage in sacred reading, all with the objective of allowing our master to complete this process. It is so very sad that so many people never allow for the development of the divine within themselves.

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Nobody Loves Me

Proverbs 15:1*

The little boy had a rough day. It began with an argument with his sister and ended with an after school detention. He didn’t mean to yell at his sister, and he surely didn’t intend to lie to the teacher. These things just happen to little  boys. The real problem is simple. Nobody loves me!

 There are quite a few of us who feel this way today. We feel unloved, and we can’t figure out why.” It is not our fault we were  reared in a dysfunctional family. It’s all because of my background. People need to ease-off and things will be all right. If others were real, they would understand. God would understand.” He does, but he has some advice. It can be found in the Book of Proverbs. Let us look at Proverbs:

   There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Proverbs 6:16-19

The writer of the Proverbs is really giving us some pointers on how to be loved and appreciated. It so simple. Let us take these things that God hates and just reverse them. They will become the love principles.

 LOVE PRINCIPLES

1. Tell the truth at all times.

2. The look on your face should be receptive.

3. Take responsibility for the helpless..

4. Create a heart(internal attitude) that desires good.

5. All business deals should be open and honest..

6. Sleep on all major decisions.

7. Become known as a peace maker.

 I can guarantee that these principles will make you more loved and appreciated by all those around you. Next time you feel unloved, try to begin to live by the love principles. They are simple application of what God has said to us in the Proverbs.

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Fully Present

God, the Father watches us all everywhere.

Abba  Serapion  said,  ‘When  the  soldiers  of  the emperor are standing at attention, they cannot look to the right or left; it is the same for the man who stands before God and looks towards him in fear at all times; he cannot then fear anything from the enemy.  

—-Sayings of the Desert

The wise Abba gives us a thought about living a focused life,or in other words, a fully present life. Our full presence always starts when we stand before God. If we can learn to keep focused on Him and His desires for us we can accomplish just about anything. It is in the looking to the left and right that we find ourselves in disarray and confusion. Make it a goal in your life to always be fully present in the task that is before you.

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