We discover who we are on the edge of our limits, kind or cruel, just or unjust, strong or weak, the truth of our character resides on the boundaries of our supposed self-sufficiency.
My mother had a favorite picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that hung in our foyer. You couldn’t miss it when you entered the house.
I don’t know how to change the inside of me. I’m great at the outside, that I can handle. I don’t know anyone else that knows how to do this thing. I’ve gone back to source, to God, and told Him who I am, and what I do, and why I do it, although I think He knew. I’ve told Him I don’t like it, and that if He’d help me change I’d be really grateful.
Is the Creator of the universe insecure? Is he incomplete if I don’t honor him? Does he sulk when I forget to praise him? Is God an egomaniac?
Read the new issue of Converge Magazine’s “Weekends with…” devotional series! This week, the fiery Jonathan Edwards talks about the meaning of being with God in heaven.
The common thread, the story that’s hidden in Mary and Joseph’s lives is the gift of solitude, contemplation. We don’t see it emphasized in scripture, but I have to believe both Mary and Joseph took time each day to remove themselves from the noise of the secular world to ponder and ask God in the silence of their hearts for wisdom to know—and then the courage to do—what God asked of them.