I was deeply awakened to the spirituality of compassion back in high school when we were required to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Up until then I pretty much believed that the Law is the Law and if broken
one should be punished. But reading the book I realized there are so many circumstances in which desperate people succumb to breaking the law. . . like Jean Valjean . . . stealing a loaf of bread for his hungry family.
And who can forget the first time they ever read the incident of the Bishop’s candlesticks? We are moved by the mercy that shines through
even this blatant crime that initiated a total transformation in Valjean.
When I am truly honest, I see that again and again I flounder and fail and fall short in so many ways. But God, in his great mercy shows compassion, kindness, steadfast love and forgiveness . . . ALWAYS!
And that is the Grace by which I live . . . and that moves me to share that compassion with others. Thanks be to God!
+ Anna Lin
For further reflection, here is a link to a commentary on this story.
(Note that it includes an audio version at the end of the post)
The Bishop with the Candlesticks
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What 3 things will you focus on during this year of 2015?
When we set our intentions on a few significant goals,
our life energy can flow with grace and ease.
Otherwise we become fragmented and exhausted . . .
trying to do too much, and we live in stress all the time.
Over the years I have found a couple of practices that
are helpful to discover what I am called to do with my life
to make for a meaningful existence.
The first one is from a book called The Path by Laurie Beth Jones.
You can find an abbreviated version of this process at:
http://www.deanamurphyglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CreatingYourMissionStatement.pdf Continue reading
Does A Book On Prayer Become Outdated?
About 25 years ago I compiled a book called Praying: One Day At A Time to bring prayer into greater focus in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It was used for personal and small group purposes to help teach people to pray. When I recently mentioned to a friend that it is now outdated, she said: “How can a book on prayer become outdated?” What a great question for contemplation. In my reflections this morning, this is what I’ve come up with. Continue reading
Healer of my soul ~ Quiet me in Holy Stillness
For over 15 years this has been my prelude to prayer as I begin a reflective time with God every morning. I don’t even remember exactly how these words came to me ~ but I knew that there was some deep significance for my life ~ so I just kept going with them day by day. Over time I began to see that what was needed more than anything in my life was the healing of my soul. If my soul could heal ~ everything in my life would come together for my highest and best good. Continue reading