Beloveds of God,
May these words be in your heart today:
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding.
You are peace and joy and light.
You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage,
a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow,
a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.
You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth;
the greatest peace and the grandest love.
You are these things. And in moments of your life
you have known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
Once more to winter-worn spirits
nature has given spring,
Once more in mountain and meadow,
birds have started to sing;
Trees flaunt traces of reborn green,
Spring brooks sparkle their banks between,
For the warmth of a high-hung sun
resurrection has begun.
Once more Easter anthems
gladden the morning air,
Once more joy in hope renewed
is evidenced everywhere;
Glad hearts quicken life’s pulsing flow,
Faces are lit with an inner glow,
For once more we can say,
“Christ the Lord is risen today!”
“I may not sorrow for I saw the light,
Tho’ I shall walk in valley ways for long,
I still shall hear the echo of the song,—
My life is measured by its one great height.
Joy holds more grace than pain can ever give,
And by my glimpse of joy my soul shall live.”
The beloved Thich Nhat Hanh was once asked:
“What do we most need to do to save our world?”
Those questioning him probably expected him to
share specific strategies to pursue. But instead
he answered: “What we most need to do is to
hear within ourselves the sounds of the Earth crying.”
Yesterday I completed the 5 day challenge to live below the poverty line
that is the daily experience for 1 billion people on earth. For me, this
challenge opened up a greater awareness of the obstacles people
living in poverty must face every day. It made me grateful for everything
I have – without taking anything for granted. It inspired me to use my
imagination to creatively find ways to live with less – so that more can
be shared with those in need. It kept me in reliance at a deeper level
of Holy Presence, moment by moment.
But the greatest gift from this challenge is the re-affirmation that our
greatest joy in life is found through loving and serving one another in whatever way we feel called to put love into action. Whenever I listen deeply through the silence ~ the words I hear coming through the Spirit are:
“My people are crying, you need to help them.”
That is the challenge I continually take into my Christ Path.
And let me tell you, it is not a burden at all . . . it is JOY found
in the gift of a life lived to its fullest, in the power of a Presence
greater than ourselves . . . it is the purpose and the passion
for which each one of us is created . . . and the fruit that it bears
is for the healing of the world.
Come to Me and rest. I am all about you,
to bless and restore. Breathe Me in with
each breath. The way just ahead of you
is very steep. Slow down and cling
tightly to My hand. I am teaching you
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