Those that are becoming truly Chris like have forgotten themselves. They have lost their self focus as they gaze upon on Christ. Only those that gaze completely on Christ forget themselves and become like him.
and I want to remember them
before I rush on
So I'm starting a list
on a white card
in my pocket
where I write down the moments
before I forget
Then in the evening
when darkness comes
I take out my card
and lift it up
into the light
We are constantly pursuing things.
Most of us have the eyes of our hearts fixed on some object that we are pursuing.
The Bible calls this 'striving' and it means running after things. Even good things. We are striving when we are running after whatever it is we are currently running after.
The purpose of Sabbath is to rest. To cease striving and let God care for you. It is a chance to rest from the constant pull of our passions, from the constant effort of our hearts to reach our desired goal and to receive care. This not only recharges our hearts but it also helps bring the objects of our desires into proper view again. By setting these goals aside for a time we remember that those goals exist inside of the larger context of God's love. They are passing passions that will someday be engulfed by the magnificence of God.
Am I being broken for others?
is to dream
is right relation
and with people.
Why did it take me so long to figure that out?
"How can I grow deeper in love with God this year?"
Jesus' command to love God first among all other things in this world is a compelling call to create our lives with Him at the center. This is an active decision of the will to reach for God first in every situation and to value Him above all the other beauties that call out to our hearts. This first effort, reaching for God in every situation, may seem simple enough. But the second effort, valuing Him above all else, is much harder. Many things, people and ideas compete for our attentions and affections. Many treasures sparkle and shine, calling us to value them and adore their beauty. But only one treasure, God Himself, is most brilliant. So how do you live this out? How do we cherish Him daily, returning God moment by moment to the rightful place in our hearts as most beautiful and lovely?
That's the big question.
Letting go of yourself is the path to letting God in.
For an armchair introduction to Centering Prayer I recommend Keating's book Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel. This slim book provides a thorough introduction that can get you started on centering prayer right away. And starting is probably the most important thing you can do. Keating is more about 'embodied' theology than abstract analysis. You learn centering prayer by doing centering prayer and we grow in prayer by praying day in and day for a lifetime.
If God can transform us by His presence, He can tranform the world too.
Christ is the sweetness of every moment. The trick is to enjoy him!
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