Friday, November 14, 2014

Brother Lawrence always did his best resting in front of a pile of dirty dishes

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Psalm 85:10

Jesus taught us, saying: “Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.” Luke 6:36-38

May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

The sweet spot.

Mercy looks straight into the eyes and yet releases. He who created my innermost being, who knit me together in my mother’s womb offers lifted-up-arms mercy.  What is set right as to a plumb line can yet sit down under a tree together and share a bit of bread and wine…just as your Father in heaven is compassionate.

And there are those moments. The rest moments.  The pause, You-Are-God deep breaths and look up at the billowing sky shot taken by Annissa. 

And Phil Drysdale reminds us of Max's maxim, "It's not about me."What a heart-lightening truth.

And a few days ago a friend sent me a morning prayer, that God would “fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”  And although the path is not clear, and I sometimes feel like I am being pelted with dirt clods, one thing is clear, His wisdom. His wisdom is peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

And that is a nice tidy checklist where I can live rest today.