Archive for July, 2008


Posted on 2008-07-29. Filed under: Thoughts |

We have to love people for who they are and not who we want them to be. If we love people for who we want them to be, then the love is based on a shaky illusion built up in our minds of who that person is. However, if we love them for who they are, we can meet them where they are and express that love in a way (hopefully) that they can receive it.

Yes, we can desire for someone we love to change something about themselves. But that desire should have no impact on the love we feel for that person. If that is the case, the love needs to be reexamined. Is that truly love?

Re-reading that, there seems to be a supposition that love needs to be based on knowing. To love someone is to first know them. Can true love exist without knowing the beloved?

Jesus loves us as we are. He knows who we are – better than we know ourselves. He loved us as we were. He knows who we were – and his memory is much better than ours. Yes, He desires change in our life but that desire doesn’t impact His love for us.

Just some thoughts during my meditative time today… There’s more hear, I think, but my cognitive functions are impaired by the overwhelming sleep deprivation I’ve experienced lately. Perhaps the bridge between the love and the desire is grace.

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Every Blessing

Posted on 2008-07-14. Filed under: Quotes, Thoughts |

Yesterday, at church we sang this song during worship:

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of God’s unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

This song spoke so much to me. It spoke of rest and peace and contentment and obedience and joy and how all of these are connected to God’s love for me and how he pursues me and how he cares for me and how I am meant to love Him.

Then, later during the service, we read Psalm 103 aloud together:

1Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
6The LORD performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
15As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
19The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22Bless the LORD, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Wow! His love for me just swept over me and I wanted to express my gratitude to Him and my love for Him and my appreciation for what He has done. In various reading that I have been doing, I am seeing this theme over and over again.

His creation began with love and was created in love. His blessings are in love. We were created not merely to worship Him as we hear so often in church but to love Him. Worship is unidirectional but love is bidirectional. Our lives really should be framed by a Great Romance between Jesus and His Bride. Life is really all about relationship. First, our relationship with our God, our Creator, our Husband. Next, our relationship with His people. And His people aren’t just Jews; they aren’t just Christians; His people are everyone. He desires relationship with everyone and regardless of their current response to or acceptance of that desire, we are called to love them as He loves them.

I am left to ponder and meditate on certain things that Jesus said. When God uses words such as foremost and “no greater”, I should pay very close attention. Because it is with our Love that we will Glorify the First Lover.

I thank God for His Love and see it as the Supreme Blessing from Him to me.

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The Inner Debate

Posted on 2008-07-03. Filed under: Quotes |

This is another quote from Henri Nouwen. I find myself reading and re-reading his works over and over again. This passage keeps grabbing me:

O Lord Jesus, your words to your Father were born out of your silence. Lead me into this silence, so that my words may be spoken in your name and thus be fruitful. It is so hard to be silent, silent with my mouth, but even more, silent with my heart. There is so much talking going on within me. It seems that I am always involved in inner debates with myself, my friends, my enemies, my supporters, my opponents, my colleagues, and my rivals. But this inner debate reveals how far my heart is from you. If I were simply to rest at your feet and realize that I belong to you and you alone, I would easily stop arguing with all the real and imagined people around me. These arguments show my insecurity, my fear, my apprehensions. You, O Lord, will give me all the attention I need if I would simply stop talking and start listening to you. I know that in the silence of my heart you will speak to me and show me your love. Give me, O Lord, that silence. Let me be patient and grow slowly into this silence in which I can be with you. Amen.

I sometimes finding myself having imagined conversations with people I know. What if they said this? Then, I would say this… I should put that habit off and instead have real conversations with my Father.

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