Friday, October 23, 2015

Look in the mirror--love what you see

"For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want."
Romans 7:19
I wonder if St. Paul was at the hermitage when he wrote this.  Because, while at the hermitage, one gets so much better at listening, you hear every tiny thing. The sounds  of silence can be deafening.  One can be completely honest with God; there is no hiding behind anything like work, play or busyness.  Since it is just you and God, you can really get to know each other.  Simplicity like this puts a mirror in front of us--a full length, three dimensional mirror that shows the real us.  Sometimes we don't like what we see.  The good thing is, just like Paul concludes at the end of this beating-himself-up, that we have hope in Jesus.  Whoever we are, whatever we do, we have hope because Jesus is in our corner, pulling for us. We are not perfect, but we have hope and assurance, through Jesus, that God loves us just the way we are. Just realizing that love helps us to want to do better down here on earth, doesn't it? So, that is an awesome thought as we praise God for an autumn weekend!  Love, heidi

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