Many Christian couples do not pray together. They often don’t realize the power and grace of simply sitting down together, regularly, holding hands, and praying from their hearts about the issues of life. They will pray by themselves, they will occasionally say traditional prayers. Facing each other, praying from their hearts, makes them feel uncomfortable. So they make excuses. Research indicates that couples Read more →
As I begin to write for this ‘corner of guests’ at Miracles of the Heart Ministries I am flooded with the promises of Jesus that assure us of his utter delight in us. The Scriptures are abundant with messages of love to us, his beloved; messages that probe us and impart into us redemption, healing, and his mark upon us. “In him we have redemption by His blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us” (Eph. 1:7).
As I run the race of this faith of ours toward his eternal throne I realize this redemption we have been given is not a one-time event. Yes, on Calvary Jesus Christ paid the ransom for our liberation once and for all. But so much more than that–His blood is a daily witness, a testimony of his love (see 1 John 5:7) that is constantly liberating us unto a deeper and more significant level of glory (see 2 Cor 3:18). This is what his love does! It sanctifies our personhood, our very core identity, making us more like him day by day.
St. Therese of Lisieux describes sanctity as “a disposition of the heart which makes us humble and small in the arms of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident to the point of audacity in the goodness of our Father.” I love that we can be fully conscious of our weakness, and at the same time confident as children in God’s love for us. Oh holy and divine paradox; this weakness of ours…waiting for his immense and intimate love for us. It’s as though the weaker we are the faster his love rushes in to heal and liberate! This is precisely St. Paul’s message: “I will rather boast most gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me” (2Cor 12:9, 10). For it was Jesus Himself who came to earth to take our infirmities upon himself (Matt 8:17).
Such wondrous love is this that Jesus approaches, searching for us every moment, longing to be involved in the details of our day. Because he no longer calls us servants but friends, he walks the walk with us. He removes our heavy yokes, leading us into times and seasons of renewal and refreshment (Acts 3:20). What wondrous love is this; the cooperation with grace that we own. He loves us and we return the love by allowing him to show us our weakness. He heals us and we live fully and wholly for him. This intimacy surpasses mere knowledge (Eph 3:19), but roots us in love with him with simplicity and purity of heart.
Thank you dear Linda for inviting me into your corner to share what’s on my heart. Our friendship spans more than three decades during which numerous times you have gently and precisely led me back to purity and simplicity in loving Jesus when I’ve made things too complicated. Let us pray together: Dear holy one, Lord of all, give us the grace to see each act of redemption you work upon us. Teach us how to love ourselves, to be patient and humble while your mercy heals us. In this we will learn to heal others with this very love. We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord, Amen.