Friday, January 4, 2013

A happy January thought...

"The Father of Jesus is very fond of me."
Brennan Manning, "Reflections for Ragamuffins"

In today's reflection, Brennan Manning tells the story of a priest who goes to Ireland to help an elderly uncle celebrate his eightieth birthday. They take a walk together and watch a beautiful sunrise. His uncle is smiling and the priest asks him why. He responds, "The Father of Jesus is very fond of me." Truer words have never been spoken. Our spirituality can get so complicated! We seem to have to muddle everything in our own heads and make it ten times harder than it really is. Why is that? Does complicating things make them more valid? More impressive? I think if we could spend some time just contemplating the fact that "The Father of Jesus" is so incredibly fond of us, we could simplify things greatly and be able to just bask in God's love instead of trying to earn it, figure it out or justify our own worthiness of it. This frosty January dawn, I am sitting here reveling in this indisputable fact: The Father of Jesus is very fond of me. And you. And isn't that grand? Love, heidi

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