November 30 Echoes of Eternity
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Morning by morning I speak to your heart. Morning by morning I renew your hope. The darkness of night is dispelled by the light, and the darkness of self is dispelled by My light. There is no life without My light—and whenever you choose your own way, you walk in the darkness of death. Joy and gladness do not—cannot—live in that self-chosen darkness. Fear and foreboding warn of the danger ahead if you persist in it. Seek the light, My child, seek the light.
November 29 Echoes of Eternity
. . . that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.
I Timothy 1:16
I am the God of mercy. Your life, My child, is a manifestation of it. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and set My mercy upon you. In a vessel such as you are—weak, unstable, hidden, and high-minded—only My mercy can bring forth any lasting good. The unlovable elements in your nature work against that mercy— war against it—striving for ascendancy and recognition. They are
always self-defeating. They produce their own punishment. But My mercies fail not. And your life is meant to show the fruit which grows from both. Let mercy prevail!
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November 28 Echoes of Eternity
He upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart.
Yes, you are fearful to open the door of your heart to My voice. You are afraid of what I will say about your sins. And so this delay in our communion, while you “dance about,” insisting that you want to hear My word to you. You are still divided and pride still rules where humility should reign. O proud and foolish one! How long will you linger in the shades of separation when we might be
walking together in the path of light? I am grieved at your slowness of heart. I appeal to you by My many mercies—give up this pride and get on with it!
No Easy Thing http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4088264
No Easy Thing | The Community of Jesus
By Sr. Nun Other I believe true forgiveness is a process, and not a single event. I can say the proper words to end an unpleasant and difficult encounter, but I know words are not enough. I##039;ll rehash the hurt, sense of injustice, and anger many times before the work of genuine forgiveness is complete. I##039;m not proud of my slowness of heart, nor am I particularly ashamed of it. [ 25 more words. ]
By Sr. Nun Other
I believe true forgiveness is a process, and not a single event. I can say the proper words to end an unpleasant and difficult encounter, but I know words are not enough. I’ll rehash the hurt, sense of injustice, and anger many times before the work of genuine forgiveness is complete. I’m not proud of my slowness of heart, nor am I particularly ashamed of it. Forgiveness is a cherished commodity, forged as gold, and worthy of the perseverance it requires. It equally benefits both the forgiver and the forgiven.
I thank you
that the day is quiet,
the sun is bright,
that awareness of you
dances in consciousness
like autumn leaves
against the blue sky.
It is a happiness
to need only this much
of your infinite variety,
to love your dying world,
to know love undying.
— Bonnie Thurston
November 27 Echoes of Eternity
When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice.
My voice is a mighty voice. My voice is a still, small voice. I speak in tones designed to carry out My will. Your ear is still too much attuned to your own voice and the voice of the world. Silence is essential to tuning in to My words to you. Do not think the time wasted in waiting. Do not grow impatient or disheartened that it takes you so long. Remember how long you have lived without this necessary preparation—and how sporadic and scattered were the
times you “heard” My voice. I have had to speak in “loud” tones of circumstances—some of them drastic—to guide you in My chosen way. But I would prefer to speak in the still, small voice, and see you willingly hear and obey. So I bid you, My child, do not give up on your waiting and listening—and learn to be still and know My voice.
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By Melodious Monk One November many years ago, our first president proclaimed: “Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country…” [ 401 more words. ]