Friday, September 29, 2017

Filled with God

"If you comprehend it, it is not God."
St. Augustine, as quoted in Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, 9/29/17

We humans like to figure things out. We like to know for ourselves, do the research, get a handle on things. There are plenty of things we can study and learn, but God isn't one of them. No matter what our spiritual/religious experience, God is unfigure-out-able. And that's just fine. Even when we go on retreat for several days of silence, just spending time with God, we still don't know what God is up to. God surprises us. We mustn't feel discouraged, though, because we can't figure God out.  God is still enlivening every cell of us.  Every fiber of our very being is infused with God's grace.  That's what we can ponder and marvel at all this autumn weekend. We may not comprehend God with our minds, but our minds, bodies and souls are filled with God.  And that is beautifully ponder-worthy!  Love, heidi

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pure delight

"The Lord takes delight in his people..."
Psalm 149:4

This verse of the Psalm jumped out at me this morning as I listened to it on Pray-As-You-Go. The Lord takes delight in his people.  So lovely and, sometimes, maybe hard for us to grasp, right? Is it hard to picture God taking delight in ALL people? PAYG also asked the question, "What makes you grateful for the gift of life?" That's easy to answer. I spent time last weekend and this week with some incredible people! The people with whom I share this life make me so grateful for life itself. I'll be the first to admit that I'm often not as grateful as I could be for people. You've heard some of the struggle-stories here! But, today, I'm most grateful for people. The people who delight me every time and even the people who teach me difficult lessons. All the people in my life have been placed by God, and by God, I yearn to love them! And with the love of God deep within me, I do love them. Today, let's think about this question, What makes you grateful for the gift of life? And let's show by our actions that we are grateful for this awesome gift of life! Love, heidi