A new way, a living way

AS I LOOK around I wonder. I feel alone and afraid. Where are you God? Are you not concerned about the pain and sorrow scattered over the earth? How am I expected to believe when there is so much hurt?

Maybe I should just stop believing. Maybe I don’t have to care. Then I can go about my merry way. Ha ha, I can say, sorrow and sadness won’t touch me.

But I cannot do that, can I? How could I live with that lie? I would have to erect a false god, worship a dead god.

Instead, I kneel down and cry out. Where are you my God!? Where is the God of the living? Where is my Lord, my God?

Quietly, gently you answer me. You come to me. I feel your presence. My soul sighs with relief. My soul knows its Creator. You are here, now. So I cry and shake. I tremble as you comfort me. I fall into your arms at rest.    

Do not trouble yourself with these things, my child, you tell me. I know you have been wounded. I know your heart hurts and bleeds. This is why I am here for you now.

Cry out into my infinite mercy. Cry out! Let the tears and pain flow into my living Spirit. I will consume it all for you and from you. I will ease your heavy burden.

My children cannot turn away from the suffering as I give them a tender heart. This causes them pain. I know this pain all too well. I felt it most dearly when my Son was given up for all humankind.

On that terrible day, the heart of God was shattered to pieces. My sorrow filled the universe. But I also knew that a great joy was to follow. And an even greater joy is to come.

Can you understand this? Listen to your spirit. My Spirit speaks to you from there. Hear these ancient secrets of old. This is the message of hope everlasting. 

When I created the heavens and the earth, when I commanded the cosmos into being, my plan began. It is a plan that unfolds over centuries, over millennia. The intricacy of billions upon billions of living creatures, the birth of stars and swirling galaxies, the sub-atomic unseen universe — these things you can never fully comprehend.

But you can know my Son. You can know he remains eternally at the center of my plan. You can hear his word. You can be nourished by him. He can relieve your hunger and thirst. And you can be reconciled to me by his sacrifice. And by his blood, you remain in the heart of my Son forever.

Do you understand this? You remain in God’s heart of hearts for all eternity. 

So when you rise up again and look around, when you see the destruction that comes from the lack of love, you will not be afraid. You will not run and hide. Instead, a miracle will take place. You will be full of joy, full of hope. And this will sustain you in every moment, even in the most difficult times.

My Holy Spirit will be fully alive in you. You will be a shining light. You will be the salt of the earth. You will understand my secrets as your spirit has been called by me. And you will join with others who have been called as well.

My Body will go forth to heal and save humankind through service, sacrifice, and love. Even if the earth trembles and fire comes raining down from the sky, the Body of Christ will not lose faith.

Stand firm as you know the Son of God will come again.

This is a new way, a living way. A way where God comes down to be human — and humans are lifted up to God.

. . . . . . .

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

John 16:20-23

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