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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Love Never Fails

*Note: Images from the Twilight Saga were all lifted from Google.
               No copyright infringement intended.



I woke up after an hour's rest...

I couldn't bring myself to write, draw, make music much less do my usual spiritual readings. My blog was devoid of inspiration...  

I took a momentary vacation from some friends...


Midnight, I hooked into music and waited until my thoughts cleared out...


Love Never Fails
~Brandon Heath~
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He came quietly into my life at the time I was 'ready to receive' love ~ 


To care means first of all to empty our own cup and to allow the other to come close to us.
  ~ Henri Nouwen~

He took me out of the frenetic world I lived in and brought me to his heart....

I felt my pulse come alive ~ 

Inside his heart resided
             ~ the ONE I loved!

I followed the rhythm of his heart beat...

My soul learned to breathe....





We mirrored each other in so many ways...

I loved children, he worked with the old and forgotten...

We both took extra miles for the people we served...

but most importantly,
we shared Christ's love...





Together, we were a team...




I knew God will take him to another place one day...


The threat of 'loneliness' surfaced....                     
Truth:     

"When your love is truly giving and receiving, those whom you love will not leave your heart even when they depart from you."

~ Henri Nouwen ~

It's still a long way for me to understand the path leading to the Cross but

         

     It takes reality to truly descend .... 
and teach the value of trusting the Lord...


of giving up everything I held in my mind to be true...

~ Halt ~


 
 I was led to a place of solitude ~ where all my images of God have been broken. 

God sends friends not to fulfill our desires, longings nor inner cravings for attention...

if they compete with Jesus,
they become idols...

God sends them to manifest  His love and to make His presence felt.

Where there was once words, 
He replaced with silence but...
but
The Light within continues to glow...




"Even profound than love is faith,
FAITH  IN LOVE."
~ Fr. Henri Boulad ~
All is Grace: God and the Mystery of Time

He is a part of me!

Death, sickness, suffering lured their way inside my abode... 

but I echo his words..."Jesus is always present within you."

Nothing can separate us from God's love.
(cf Rom 8,38)

My eyes were opened to other people suffering the same way...


Jesus showed me the way through the desert...
to embrace it fully as His own ....

"In the very place where we are most alone,
we discover that we are deeply connected to others 
through God's grace."
~ Henri Nouwen~
The Essential Henri Nouwen

Yes,
never apart...
but together,
along with the others


til we meet 
'again'

in Heaven...