Hello! Thanks for checking in on my reflections on the names of the Lord. There are a several reasons that I am traveling this path. One of the main reasons is because I really like the intentional focus on growing in my own devotional life, and another is that I want learn to write.
For those here in the early days thank you for you patience! This quote is the steam in my engine at the moment.
“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
― Robert McKee
As I begin my dance today I am stepping out and sharing with you more about the one who sets the melody of the universe!
My last post ended on with the words..He Cares. Today I want to share a devotion from Henri Nouwin that speaks to this very aspect of God’s character. This is a paradigm that shapes my motivation as I engage in the lives of the people I work with.
CARE THE SOURCE OF ALL CURE
Care, the Source of All Cure. Care is something other than cure. Cure means “change.” A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker—they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people’s lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am. When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human.
Nouwen, Henri J. M. (2009-03-17). Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith (p. 41). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
I have found this to be the most rewarding approach in ministry. I have found it to be the most rewarding and honoring ways of investing in others but I have also found it to be one of the slowest messiest and challenging of all calls! This is a path of pain and disappointments but I honestly feel that it is the path that led Jesus. It is the path of the cross! Nounin so masterfully connects the compassion of Jesus to the journey of those seeking to know Him better.
Today i wanted to point you to the heart of a God that Cares deeply for you. May you know the God that says…The Beatitudes
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Blessed because He Cares for you.