December 21 Echoes of Eternity Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same…

December 21 Echoes of Eternity
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
I Corinthians 12:4
The gifts I give may seem strange to you, My child. But they are expressions of My love and mercy. Sometimes I give the gift of suffering with Me—a privilege I offer to those who can bear it. You cannot understand this mystery with your natural mind any more than you can understand how My death on the cross can bring salvation to the world. But your spirit can affirm My goodness in what
I bring or allow—for hidden within it all is the gift of My love.
Your gift-giving has a mixture of good and bad in it. You are interested in bringing joy and happiness to your loved ones, but you also know that your gifts fall wide of the mark. They can only bring pleasure for a season—and a pleasure mixed with dissatisfaction. I do not let such worries interfere with My gifts, because I know the end for which I give them is good and will work eternal joy in My children when they have accomplished their goal.

December 20 Echoes of Eternity Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father,…

December 20 Echoes of Eternity
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:2
Freely have I forgiven you and freely have I accepted you in My heart. Your unbelief robs you of the peace My acceptance is designed to give you, and your doubt feeds and is fed by self-concern. Even your contrition over your lack of faith turns inward and bears no fruit. I keep telling you this because you continue to harbor the wrong kinds of doubts. Cleansing the inside of the cup involves throwing away—discarding—these empty and fruitless questions.
Keep praising My goodness and allow Me to lead you in your present relationships—that My purpose may yet be fulfilled.

December 19 Echoes of Eternity And he [Paul] said, Who art thou, Lord? And the L…

December 19 Echoes of Eternity
And he [Paul] said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Acts 9:5
My will is peace. Peace amid strife and peace growing out of strife. When your will is aligned with Mine and in harmony with Mine, there is a settled peace that nothing can destroy. When your will is contrary, set on its own direction, there is no inward peace, however calm the outward circumstances.
The real strife—that which produces stress—comes from the lack of inward peace. The hypertension of My children is frequently related to this unresolved inner conflict. Strive to enter this rest, this “peace that passes understanding.” Stay open to My truth, however it comes, and do not fight to have your own way. The price is too high for you, and the results are not worth what they cost.

The Complexity of Love

By Sr. Nun Other

Christmas decorating is low on my list of favorite activities. Somewhere around a visit to the dentist. My expectations are so high, my desire to create beauty so intense, that I’m certain to disappoint myself. Last night, I placed, replaced, and repositioned three decorative Christmas pillows on a bench. After a half hour of this, I realized there was no perfect that was perfect enough. But my building frustration led to a re-thinking of, “What is it I’m really looking for?”

Anticipation and expectation come with the Christmas territory and are worthy attributes. When rightly directed and defined, they lead to faith, hope, and a joyful reunion with all who gathered on that holiest of nights. They speak of someone achieving great things of which we’re the beneficiaries of inheritance. Candles in the window, trees dressed in light and shining tinsel, evergreen wreaths on doors — all are invitations, our warm welcomes, to the One that truly matters.

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