Wednesday, February 8, 2012

He causes his sun to rise

But I tell you, love your enemies 
and pray for those who persecute you, 
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. 
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and
sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  
—Matthew 5:44-45 NIV

As I read the words, He causes his sun to rise, the image that greets me is from "City of Angels" — the angels standing on the beach listening to the music embedded in the beautiful sky, the light. more

And so it begins ... the choice to love, the choice to love those who nourish us and to love those associated with our pain, the humanity that knowingly or unwittingly left wounding marks on our souls.

Wounded Heart ~ session 1
I am moved to tears at these words:
Not being cherished by and celebrated by ... simply because you exist.
Not having the experience of being a delight.

Asked to select an object from the plastic box of random objects, I choose a familiar toy from my childhood, a remnant of a game I did not often play. The metal speaks to the pervasive feeling within me for most of this past year: that I am unfit for human consumption, pointed and cold, with thoughts and words like barbs.

Holding my selected object I realize there are 6 points, that only 2 are sharp, the remaining 4 softly rounded.

I hope my object selected is a measure of the work God has already accomplished within me, an indication that God and I are well beyond the halfway point in my healing journey.

I have not been given a spirit of fear, 
but of power, love and a sound mind. 
—Who I am in Christ, 2 Timothy 1:7

Photo Credit: Jacks