What we need now

IT MAY NOT make sense. As the world groans and struggles, it seems unrealistic. But there’s one thing we all need now more than ever.

During the darkest times, the hardest moments, this is what serves us best. It was at the top of the Lord’s blessings.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.

If we could only embrace this blessing. If we could only be more humble.

The humble heart is not a weak heart. Instead, it is an open heart. It fears not the sting of honesty.

The humble heart knows full well its poverty of spirit. It recognizes its hunger and thirst.

The humble heart knows how desperately it needs God. It knows all about its faults and failures. But instead of trying to cover its tracks, the humble heart opens its home to the Lord.

There’s no hurry to straighten up or sweep the dirt under the rug. Instead, the door is wide open.

The humble heart says, “Yes. Come in Lord. Enter now. My virtue, my strength, my shame — see me as I am.”

From there, the Spirit of the Lord enters — to heal what’s sick — to free what’s bound — to cleanse the soul.

Yes, these are troubled times. They call for action. We must rise up, speak boldly, and reach out. But let our actions be rooted firmly in humility as a revelation of the power of God.

May the roots of our soul dive deep into his holy sustenance — the Bread of Life, the Blood of the New Covenant. Let us be anchored, solid and strong in our faith.

From there the good fruit will burst forth. And the good fruit brings with it this truth — you are a beloved child of God. Nobody can take this away from you.

That night in Gethsemane was a dark and difficult time. It was the eve of the death of Jesus Christ. So he drew strength and confidence from his humility. He fully trusted in his Father. There was no other way.

Have you reached your limit? Are all odds are against you? Then follow the Lord. Humbly enter that spacious place of trust. You too are his beloved child. You too can rise up and take courage.

The resurrection redeems you. From there strength, obedience, and wisdom flow freely.

The humble rise with the Lord. And the humble stand with the Lord.

So let your guard down. Open the door to your heart. Let the Spirit in to do his good work. Be not afraid.

Be humble and be free in the mercy of the Lord.

. . . . . . .

and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

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