FROM SELF TO GOD

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“…but, Oh!  When we get away from self to God, there all is truth, purity and holiness, and our hearts find peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy and victory.”

–Charles Spurgeon

I have not returned to Miami since my Maman died five years ago today.  Seeing the ocean used to assure me that together we would be jumping on hot sand and shading under coconut trees.  I caress her physical absence only because I know she now relishes her new mansion and whispers to me to hope for mine one day.

Like the Apostles who saw Jesus ascend to heaven, they knew He had taught them everything they needed to know to fulfill their mission – spreading the Good News around the world.  So did my mother do the same with me.  So shall I raise a glass of French Champagne to thank her for everything.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

–Proverbs 31:25

Vive Maman!

IT WORKS BOTH WAYS

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“And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you.”

–Ephesians 4:32

Especially today, we live in such an unforgiving world.  One mistake can destroy a person’s life in an instant.  However, Christ taught how to forgive, like he forgave Peter when he denied Him three times.  Then, when Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me? “Feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep.”

So in forgiving others, we restore their responsibility.  Our forgiving actions restore their dignity and we become Jesus to them.  We may not be able to forgive the hurt others have inflicted on us, but with God’s help, we can remember without the pain.

GOD IS FOR ALL

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“If you have a heart, you can be saved.”

–Abba Pambo

God gives us a glimpse of I AM in the sun, weather, nature and the human race whether or not we connect to the Divine Source.

I am encouraged to share this divine dialogue here to thank Him for a good life…Jesus first, others second and myself last.

I would love to hear about your thoughts on God in your life.

GILDED LIKE A FINE CLOTH

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“You have made us for yourself, O Lord. and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.”

–St. Augustine

Each morning the sun gilds me like a fine silk cloth.  Early dew cascades refreshing grace and fills suffering canyons to change a broken world.  You know me and find an opening to my heart, therefore, I shall remain in the garden of my dreams delighting in you forever.

GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE

Mary, Mother of Us All

“The month of Mary cannot end; it must continue in our lives, because love for our Lady cannot disappear from our hearts.”

–Saint John Paul II

Mother Mary can be reflected upon in any given moment, but it is in May that her legacy begins when Gabriel announced to her that she would be the Mother of God in Christ Jesus.  Her yes to God sings “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”  We have Mary to help us also to proclaim the goodness of the Lord in our souls.

May Mary’s “Grace in place of Grace” resonate in your heart forever.  –John 1:16