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Thursday, February 6, 2014

An Everlasting Love

"I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3b)

Saw this quote Sunday night, and it stopped me in my mental tracts.  It was in fine print, in italics on the back of a little business card stuck in a book given and written by a priest friend of mine.  

I've been dwelling on it ever since, and at the same time noticed that I've been especially happy the past few days.  Living in Chicago we have had snow and cold and I find myself delighting in the snow, and even finding the cold, clear days beautiful.  When I go to work in the morning it is now right around sunrise and I find that I do love sunrises.  When I leave after work I am grateful that it is still light at 5 PM when not just a few weeks ago it was dark.  Even when I am walking through the slush in the non-snowremoved streets and sidewalks I am thankful for my new waterproof boots with Vibram soles and new wool socks.  

I know it is not a permanent state, this happiness, easily thrilled state of being where moments and the beauty of nature and the gifts of my family, children and friends are cherished.  I had been reading Discernment of Spirits and learned more about the states of consolation and desolation and the working of the good and evil spirits on one's thoughts and feelings during each.  But for now all I can do is enjoy being happy, and offer my love, thanks and praise to God for where he has me right now.

That brings me to a great mini-meditation that can be done at any time of the day.  I got it from a "Daily Disconnect" from Carmelites.net  It goes like this:

  • Visualize yourself in God's presence . . . in other words recollect yourself . . . become tuned in to God's presence in and around you, and his love for you.
  • Using these words of praise, pray slowly
My God, I love you with all my heart, I praise and thank you . . .
  • Repeat several times
  • Just be with God
There is also a song that I found while listening to iTunes Radio "Best Christian Music of 2013".  It is great to have my headphones on while walking in sub-zero windchill, walking in my new boots and magic coat (light, but very warm, and makes me look "young").  Hope you enjoy it too!  Chris Tomlin covered it and his version is also very good.


2 comments:

  1. Colleen, beautiful reflection. Dont you just love it when a scripture verse just reaches out and grabs you like that? And wont let go!!

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  2. Thank you, Colleen. Yes I do love it when a scripture verse grabs me! Wonderful gift. I've never been able to tell if the verse that grabs me is just for me or for others too, so I share! I share these verses that grab me on facebook and here, when I have time to turn it into a reflection.

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