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God is the Giver!

“I came into this world so those who can’t see, will see!”

God is the giver and we are the receivers! Jesus proved this many times through the miracles and wonders of his ministry; those recorded in the holy book.

Wherever Jesus went, there was always a large group of people in need of some sort of healing. One of the famous recorded miracles was the healing of the blind man; one without sight since birth.

Questions came up about the cause of the blindness: “Who is to blame for this man’s blindness?” Jesus’ response was, “No one!” He went on to explain, “I must work the works of him who sent me while it is still day. The night is coming soon.” (Jn. 3)

After being healed, the man was questioned. His response reminded me of the song Amazing Grace: “I was once blind, but now I can see.”

Is there a temporary hindrance blocking your view?

Are you blind to the opportunities God has in store for you? Are you focusing on what’s wrong instead of reaching towards what’s right?

God can and will utilize every being for good. Why?

When we become one with our good, we become one with God.

God gives and we receive; if we ask and believe.

“Ask and you shall receive!”

Here I Am Lord

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Here is my servant, whom I strengthen— the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased.” (Is. 42)

Yesterday I had the privilege to say a few words about a ministry friend who passed away, suddenly, last week.

My friend, John was a stand up guy with integrity. He freely shared what he had with others by honoring those he served, without expecting anything in return. He had a child-like eagerness of love and adventure each time stepping on to the pavement passing on a box of hope, in the form of food for one in need. He was a member of God’s special secret service.

In his own way, John spoke volumes without uttering a word. He clearly said, “Here I Am Lord”, use me.

Tool 6: Lent is about the journey and how we are all called to be who we are and so much more more. This week, as your prepare for your holy ritual whatever it may be, don’t forget to say, “Here I Am, Lord.”

God’s Angel called from heaven, Are you there? Yes, Here I Am!”

Season of Light – Advent – Week 2 – Understanding

In this Season of Light, one becomes aware of the need to give.
We see all the signs. There are more disheveled souls standing on corners and medians of local highways; holding small signs, looking for something or perhaps, a little understanding.
Awareness of one’s plight brings about a hint of understanding or why we are called to give to begin with; to have a touch of charity in our own hearts.
The following excerpt is taken from “Story of a Soul” the autobiography of St. Therese, the Little Flower.
“I am going to finish explaining what Jesus makes me understand concerning charity. I have spoken to you only about external charity; now I would like to confide to you what I understand about purely spiritual charity.”
Jesus said, “From him who would borrow of you do not turn away.” “Thus under the pretext that one would be forced to refuse, one must not stay away from those who are always in the habit of asking for help.”
Jesus continues, “If you lend to those from who you hope to receive in return, what merit have you? But do good, lend; not hoping for anything in return and your reward will be great.”
“Oh yes, the reward will be great, even on this earth; in this way it is only the first step that costs anything.”
Perhaps the best way to sum up the message for week 2 of Advent can be found in the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Scrooge’s nephew is making his case regarding his own understanding of Christmas: “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round – apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin if anything belonging to it can be apart from that – as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

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