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Shying Away From the Love He Gives


This week has been a decent one when it comes to where I’ve seen God working in my life.

Why don’t we start with Sunday?

It all started with Mass and the priest’s homily. The general idea of the Gospel and homily put together was: Why do hold onto our sins if they’re what’s causing us to go away from God and the good that He has planned?

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On Sunday, I still hadn’t been able to completely shake this particular sin, so it felt as if the homily was written and practiced with me in mind.

Let’s move on into the work week.

Monday rolls around and I’m still struggling with the same sin. But something sticks out to me yet again.

I have a desk calendar with Pope Francis quotes next to my desk. And Monday’s quote was, again, one of those things that felt like it was written with me in mind. And I think there was a God moment in that and that He knew what I needed to hear.

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But His love didn’t stop there on Monday.

There’s a picture that I downloaded onto my phone that is of Jesus looking at the camera. And to me, the look on His face is one of love.

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For quite some time, I’ve shied away from receiving that kind of look from God. I guess it’s because I’ve had walls built up around my heart for so long that sincerely letting that kind of true love come into my heart is kind of scary.

And He continued on Tuesday.

I was in prayer on Tuesday and I was going to conduct prayer like I normally do by telling God what my day’s been like and what’s going through my mind. But I think fairly soon into prayer, God had a different idea.

I began contemplating the deep, intimate love that God has for me and why I struggle to believe it and let it in. And over the course of contemplating this, I returned to one of my favorite verses: Isaiah 43:4a (The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition).

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I had contemplated this passage a few days ago and had come up with three words that can summarize this passage: special, valued, and loved. I think these three words can perfectly summarize how God sees us and holds us. But I still think that it’s pretty good to hear the original verse.

And then on Wednesday, and continuing on yesterday, He (re)introduced me to an idea.

There’s a C.S. Lewis quote that I think introduces this particular concept nicely and that I actually used in prayer on Wednesday:

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So yesterday and Wednesday, I was getting fairly deep in thinking about how our souls relate to our bodies and they relate even to God. And that got me thinking even further.

You may be like me and struggle with your relationship with God because you have a body and He currently does not. But in prayer, I was thinking about how our souls can’t be too different from God. Note: if you’re someone whose been educated in this realm and I got this little tid bit wrong, please please please correct me.

The major point is that we’re not as different from God as we’ve been taught or we’d like to think.

With that, I think I’m going to close off today’s blog.

I hope y’all have a good weekend! And if you have any ideas (fun or serious) for what you’d like to see on the blog, please head on over to the Contact page and fill out the form. I will respond as soon as I can and hopefully get the post up as soon as possible!

Until Monday!


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