The weekly Glimpses of God are opportunities to recognize, with greater clarity,the presence of God in the various places, people, events, situations and circumstances of your daily life. I offer them to you as an opportunity to reflect on howmuch God, as you understand Him, is a part of your life,how He chooses to use you and how you have chosen Him.They are glimpses because we can miss them if we are not paying attention. But if we open our heart to His love, if we open our ears to hear His gentle voice, if we open our eyes to see His light, if we open our hands to feel His hand in ours, and if we are open to share these gifts with others, then we too are being a Glimpse of God to those in our family, church, community,neighborhood, society and world.
GLIMPSE OF GOD FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23, 2020
LENT IS A TIME TO:
SURRENDER those things that keep us from being the person that God has created us to be
and keep us from becoming the person that He knows we can be,
those things that are standing in the way of our seeing Christ more clearly in our self and in others,
in life’s challenges and in our crosses.
LENT IS NOT A TIME TO GIVE UP and think that we can’t do what God knows we can and invites
us to believe that we can and that we, with His help, will.
STRETCH OURSELVES: our imaginations, our minds, our spiritual comfort zone and our hearts.
We need to stretch so that we can see ourselves accomplishing and overcoming
the hardest challenges that face us, but we think will defeat us.
We need to allow God to stretch that which is set and confined so that HE can reset,
reform and renew us into His image.
LOVE ourselves and others, especially those who don’t like us,
and to HATE those things that take us away from God
and make us want to be more self-centered and selfish instead of being more Christ centered and self-less.
FORGIVE and not to be bitter.
We are called to forgive ourselves and others,
and not hold on to the past of bad choices, deep hurts and poor decisions.
Only in true forgiveness can we experience genuine and lasting freedom
so that we can be the beacon of Christ’s mercy, love and compassion for our self and to others.
"Forgive them for they know not what they do”
BE STILL so that you can feel the gentle breeze of God’s Spirit
as He touches your heart and opens it to His healing love and deep abiding peace.
NOT BE BUSY just for the sake of being busy or to run from anything.
Lent is a time to listen as God tells you
that there is only one thing that matters to Him.
That you know and believe with all your heart that you are His greatest creation,
His beloved son or daughter, that He loves you just as you are,
and that His love for you is free, unconditional and everlasting.
LOOK OUT THE WINDOW
and see and appreciate His presence in all of His creation; the sun, the moon, the stars, the grass,
the creatures that crawl about and those that hover over,
the people that we know and the stranger that we pass by,
the beauty of the day,
the beauty in the hearts of those that care about us
and the beauty of a God who cares even more for you.
BUT LENT IS NOT A TIME TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR
if you are looking to point out your sins, your flaws,
your weaknesses or your shortcomings,
but only if you are looking to remind yourself
that you are loved by God just as you are
because His love is much greater than all of these.
His death is a reminder that He sees all that you see,
but He looks into the depth of your heart
to see that which you have not begun to.
AS your journey of LENT begins, continues and gradually comes to an end,
and you find yourself asking,
“How have I grown in my relationship to Christ,
or how have I been a reflection of His presence in my life to others”?
As you look back and recall how you found yourself helping others
and giving of your time, talent and compassion,
know that your desire is in response to God’s grace,
so trust in God and believe that you are closer to Him than you think.
We measure our progress
and that of others with human expectations and limitations,
but God looks into the very heart
that He created
and sees its width, its depth,
its woundedness, its potential
and fills it with His compassion,
His peace and His grace
so that we can be the best loving person that we can be.
You are what He wants you to be,
for you can be nothing less.
What you are is God’s gift given in love and out of love,
what you become is your gift to God.
THE SEASON OF LENT CAN
BE A SEASON OF GIFT GIVING:
THE GIFTS OF
AND RECONCILIATION ARE YOURS.
IF YOU ARE OPEN TO THESE GIFTS,
GOD IS OFFERING THEM TO YOU,
NOT ONLY TO RECEIVE, BUT ALSO TO SHARE.
YOU HAVE 40 DAYS TO RESPOND,
WITH GOD IT IS NEVER TOO LATE
TO OPEN YOUR MIND, HEART, SPIRIT AND HANDS
TO RECEIVE HIM AS HE CHOOSES TO GIFT YOU.