Imperfection: move to love or move to despair

IMG_8923.jpgHow can you hope to make the imperfect things perfect, unless you keep before your eyes the vision of God, who is perfection?

The prayer that is only against evil destroys itself.

If you look at nothing but sorrow and sin, your heart may be at first full of love and pity, but presently anger – righteous perhaps, but still anger – will enter and begin to crowd out love; and then despair will come and deaden pity, and at last will even smother righteous anger.  And then there will be silence for the heart that is filled with despair cannot pray.

It is not enough to know that the world is full of evil, we must know also that God is good.

Christ is a part of all the poverty and misery because He was born into it and didn’t try to get away from it.  If you put Him in the background, with the sin and sorrow all in front, how He shines and makes courage and hope! Yes! And if you put Him in the front, with the darkness all around Him, how He shines again! Either way, He is the light in the picture.

–  Florence Converse, The House of Prayer as found in Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community

http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office/

Look at sorrow and sin

Righteous Anger

Despair

Silence

What a descent. A passionate mercy inspired by love becomes silence if I lose sight of the One who holds all things together, who makes all things right, who loves perfectly. The one who salved and redeemed humanity with His unjust death and hopifies those who trust Him by His resurrection.

Often in life crises, I find thinking, meditating challenging, so I’ll find a Scripture phrase to pray. More than once, “Fix your eyes on Jesus” has carried me through pain. Many things I cannot figure out, cannot fix, cannot make better, but I can look, delight in, watch expectantly the One who understand, fixes, makes all things new in His time.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

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