Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Contemplative Thought

Today's meditation comes from The House of Prayer by Florence Converse. During this season of Lent here is a good reminder of what we are eagerly anticipating. I pray that it will touch any reader who, like me, needs to hear this particular message, at this specific time. Blessings!

How 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.

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