It was difficult to watch last night’s presidential debate with an open mind and not feeling disgusted. The appearance was small spoiled children threatening one another. However, prayers are so needed for our Government, without personalizing and also, knowing there is a higher government and that is God!
This morning I have been working with the fourth Chapter of John, where it relates the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. She must have been still searching for Love or the Christ would have never approached her. When she was told of her past, I am reminded of the old Country and Western song “Looking for Love in all the wrong Places” because Jesus told her that she had had five husbands and the man she was living with then was not her husband.
She was freed from the past that very day and returned home to tell others about the Christ. There is no place that He told her she needed to feel guilty about the past and she was released since in reality, it had nothing to do with her true Spiritual being ever. How very comforting is that thought? Any part of our past that was not Love, was only a dream from which we can awaken.
Any word or thought that follows “I Am” refers to God since He is the great “I Am” and immortal man is made in His image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26) Today, I will watch my words and my thoughts, as well and ” have no other God before me”.
It has only been a few short hours since my post about self-pity, justification and righteousness. I have just hung up the telephone with a company that I don’t think are very ethical and I told them so! After becoming irritated, I was led to re-read my previous blog and I saw that was just a little pop quiz I went through to see if I was understanding what I was professing. Yes, a light has come on and I feel I need to look at this company differently in order to have my peace today.
As I think on the word, “Sacrifice”, immolation comes to mind. We are never asked to sacrifice anything that is Good for our Spiritual growth, but we are expected to sacrifice self-pity, which leads immediately to self-condemnation, self-justification and self-righteousness. One can never experience joy while “wallowing” in any of those. Freedom from mental bondage comes from the release of those and focusing on God. Once I heard an expression which I love, “God is, error isn’t and that’s that!”
Aspiring to touch the hem of His garment, it occurs to me that I must be kneeling and humble, rather than erect and proud. That is my goal for today.
This morning while at my desk, I began pondering “age” and thought about how we are bombarded with “age-related” issues, diseases and appearances. One cannot turn on television, open a magazine or newspaper, or attend a movie without seeing how the world views “age”. By living like that (or existing) one becomes self-absorbed with appearances and aches and pains from his or her body.
My prayer each day is to rise above the human thought of all the advertisements of happiness if one looks a certain way or uses a certain product. Focus on God, not the human body!
Another verse from a hymn comes to mind.
“Know, O child, thy full salvation;
Rise o’er sin and fear and care;
Joy to find, in every station,
Something still to do, or bear.”
John 13:5 reads “Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded”. To me, He is saying the most menial task can be transformed when we do it with gratitude and humility.
Today I will be aware of that while even loading my dishwasher!
Each and every morning, we begin our day with a blank canvas and it is up to us what we want to have on that canvas. Last year I painted a picture that I couldn’t seem to get right and even considered tossing it out.
A few weeks ago, I swallowed my pride and took it to art class to see if it could be salvaged. It is almost complete and is by far, my best yet. My teacher saw all of the mistakes as underpainting and depth where all I saw was disaster.
This, I believe, is how God sees us. He recognizes the masterpiece!
Whenever one appears rude toward me, either real or imagined, usually, a verse from a Hymn comes to mind and settles my thought as I ponder the words.
Speak gently to the erring ones,
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
O win them back again.
As I pray along these lines, I realize whatever happened was never personal.