No, an illusion can never be destroyed directly, and only by indirect means can it be radically removed. If it is an illusion that all are Christians — and if there is anything to be done about it, it must be done indirectly, not by one who vociferously proclaims himself an extraordinary Christian, but by one who, better instructed, is ready to declare that he is not a Christian at all.
So … I have done something by myself that I never ever thought I could do!!! (And I am going to keep it to myself for a little while.) I did it for myself. I did it without help or support. I did it without getting someone else’s ok. I feel like it is the start of a new life!!!!
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. … When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
I am always struck by how compassionate Jesus is in the gospels. Much more than me. It is something I aim to be but often fail. So, Lord, help me to be more like You!!!
Today, in many ways, has been a very strange day. I feel like I have not got started, like I have been chasing my own, for most of the day. The picture above is from the drive to church – it was so foggy that I had to really concentrate.
So now I am going to have a rest! Might watch some TV. Blessed Sunday to you all.
Father, I abandon myself into Your hands, do with me what You will. For whatever You may do, I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all, let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures: I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul I offer it to You with all the love of my heart. For I love, You, my God, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into Your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence, for You are my Father. Amen.
Prayer of Charles de Foucauld
I found the above on an Anglican website about the religious life. I have been reading a number of these and finding them very helpful. I have created a page (Anglican Religious Life) that has links to various communities and “committees”.
Anyway, I will leave you with that for today. Have a Jesus filled day!!!
I have been thinking about a personal mission statement. Something that will focus my life going forward. Not easy! I want to keep it short and general but focused. So I have started with this: I want to follow Jesus in sacrificial love.
I think I should make that fuller in my own mind, but it is a good starting point. If I make it too wordy and complex I will get lost in the details. So here is my starting point.