TODAY'S THEME: Holy Realization

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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood
as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then
face to face: now I know in part;
but then I shall I know even as I am known.

1 Corinthians 13: 11-12
The Holy Bible
King James Version


The following was sent by a subscriber. It humbly describes the state
in which we all exist right now, viewing God "through a glass darkly."
But note at the end, his powerful affirmation of faith and hope; the
joyous realization that yes, we will "be like him," because
we are sooverwhelmingly loved by the Lord.
"How great a love the Father has bestowed upon us..."
Thank you, David, for sharing this:

"As I think about God's salvation and deliverance in this life,
and as I think of all the things he has helped me with, and given the
strength to overcome, I still find a sense of inadequacy.

Even though the mighty hand of God has done wonders in our lives,
we are still riddled with insecurities, idiosyncrasies, and inaccuracies.
Our short fuses may have grown longer, but they are still there.
Weaknesses are just maintained and we cannot let down
our guard, not even for a second.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth
in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also,
which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans 8:22-23 (KJV)

Someday we will all be fixed and be like him, but for now
we walk by Faith and trust in his abundant Grace and Mercy."

- David Charles

The nature of enlightenment is the very base of your being
and of your practice...From this base, the energy of mind-
fulness, of concentration and of wisdom, can be born as a
protecting agent. Also, you have a direction to go. If you don't
have a direction to go, you are lost. You cannot be happy. To
know where to go is very important. If your don't know where
to go, you will suffer a lot. And this is the nature of faith
as understood in the Buddha's teaching.

'''(When) you have a direction, you have faith. You know
where to go. Every step brings you closer to perfect en-
lightenment, to solidity, to freedom. When you begin to pro-
duce the energy of enlightenment, you begin to enjoy, to
enjoy these three things, the path of solidity,
freedom and joy.

Excerpted from "Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Riverhead Books, 1999


Over the years you pass through level
after level like this, just the way one
travels from one country to another, until
finally you reach the very seabed of con-
sciousness. This is the Land of Love. The
whole personality is flooded with love,
from the surface to the center. You not
only love completely, you become love
itself: a permanent, unifying, uni-
versal force. All you ask of life
is to go on loving and giving.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996

We can't unearth spiritual truth by the muscle of our
intelllect or the brawn of our brains alone. God the
Holy Spirit reveals these things to us. In fact, God
goes so far as to say He hides these things from
the wise and intelligent, revealing them
instead to the childlike.

Perhaps our prayers today ought to be seasoned
with the kinds of petitions that simply say, "God,
reveal Yourself to me. Reveal Your truth
in Your Word."

We may be surprised to find that all our home-
work, study, listening, and trying will be
effective. Not because we've put so much
energy into it, but because our Father in
heaven has chosen to pull back the curtain.

Excerpted from "31 Days Toward Intimacy with God,"
by Joni Eareckson Tada
Multnomah Publishers, 2005


And now, the Last Word:

Beloved, now we are children of God,
and it has not appeared as yet what we
will be. We know that when He appears,
we will be like Him, because we will
see Him just as He is.

1 John 3: 2































Bonus quote:

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

Native American saying


On today's
Home Page:

Book of 1 Corinthians;
David Charles;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
Eknath Easwaran;
Joni Eareckson Tada;
Book of 1 John