Heart of GodNew Every Morning | November 5, 2021
What we bring to God is not great holiness and wisdom but brokenness and profound need, a virtually desperate desire to be loved, held, and swept up into the very heart of God. Our weakness is not something to be corrected but becomes the crucible in which intimacy with God is established. When we expose our weakness, we understand what Teresa meant when she wrote, “God delivered me, in such a way that, even against my own will, He seems to have contrived that I should not be lost.” God is not somewhere far away, the object of some arduous quest or journey. Rather, God is very close, nearer to us than our next breath.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
—1 John 4:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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I have exposed my weakness to God over and over and have no concrete answer to this question. I am hoping the answers from others will help me to answer.
I got my new car yesterday. It was an arduous endeavor but it is done. They found the car I wanted and spent all day with me explaining things. I also had my presurgical testing and am hoping there is no issue as I know my electrolytes are not like others. This is normal for me.
Prayers for Jill and Roger. I had to give Tazzie shots and fluids at times. It is difficult but it can be done. You know how vital it is and can find ways to get it done. I always did it in a small room with no hhiding places (Powder room). You can wrap him in a towel to keep his feet and legs constrained. Always follow with much love and a special treat. Catnip can help before and after, if it is something he reacts to as some cats don’t. I am praying for you and I know you are capable of doing this for your special little boy.
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Julie, great news from you, a new car! Hope too that the surgery goes well. I suggest you get a copy of WHY? by Adam Hamilton a UMC pastor. A great many questions are handled very well. I sure wish this book was available many years ago.
Prayers too for Jill and Roger, having a weekend seems very advantageous for both of you.
All the stripes are on the Brill car, Now to finish the details on the car front, and move on.
A good walk in brisk air today, getting ready for worship on Sunday.
Erich’s wound is healing well.
Thank you all for prayers, thoughts, and best wishes. I’m grateful the resources needed were available. Thank You, Lord.
Only in being fully vulnerable, fully dependent, completely submitted – this is where I found the fullness of God – His compassion, His faithfulness, His peace. This was not easy for me to do, being independent and trusting in my goodness. But – I had to be at the very end of myself and claim His sufficiency. I had to admit that my will was strong, but that my desire would be for His will. And my need of His help with this.