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He Died

There He is, hanging on the cross,

The Savior of our broken world;

Once upon a time died for us.

How painful it must have been,

To die in that horrible way;

Will we make Him do it again?

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in Creative Corner

 

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The Baby Boy Who Came For Us

This morning has brought some good reflection and creativity to my mind.  While in meditation this morning, I wrote another poem.  It has been a while since I have done this.  Here it is!

As I gaze upon the baby boy in the manger

My ever-changing world is filled with hope

A Savior has come down to earth as one of us

To walk with us, as living in sin we do cope

This baby boy grew to be a man of faith

To be God among us, to save us from despair

Who knew but Him, that for us he would die

God who came as man, who for us does care

So gazing at Him in a manger so meek and lowly

A smile goes across this soul’s broken face

If Jesus came as a baby and die for us all

What can I do in return, for this human race

The readings today were so beautiful I must say!  I wish I could reflect on them all, but alas, I shall just talk about the one that we did in meditation.  It is from Matthew 6:45-52, the walking on water.  I was draw to two different things in this reading.

In the course of this story, there are many transitions.  Jesus was with the people, then He dismissed them and went alone to pray, then as He was walking on the water He had only intended to pass the disciples by, then He went in the boat with them.  How similar this is to life sometimes.  For me, I live in a community of people who I am around almost all the time all day every day.  It is always nice to be able to step aside and take time for myself to pray and re-gather myself.  Whenever I come back from that moment aside to myself, I tend to have the feeling of staying in my serenity, in my calm.  The thing is, we need to come back to community, we cannot just stay in our little place but rather be in the community and share our moments with each other.  My action for the week is taking what I gain in my individual time of prayer back to the community.  This could be in words or deeds or my actions.

The other thing that was pointed out from another aspirant.  The phrase “take courage” stood out to her.  In my translation is says “take heart.”  She is going to try to remember that phrase whenever there is a tough decision, or of the like, to be made.  For me, having her point out the difference in translation, I wondered where the courage could be taken from.  Courage comes from the heart and soul where God should abide to flow throughout our entire being. 

This all sounds good to me! 🙂

 
 

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Purify Me I Pray

My God above, hear this prayer

Savior in love, hear this prayer

Spirit a dove, hear this prayer

 

Oh Jesus, purify me

Draw me close to you

Refine my heart

Live in my soul

It’s Your will I want to do

 

Hear this prayer, oh hear this prayer.

 

Oh Jesus, purify me

Draw me close to you

Calm my mind

Talk in my words

It’s Your will I want to do

 

Hear this prayer, oh hear this prayer.

 

Oh Jesus, purify me

Draw me close to you

Guide my feet

Work in my hands

It’s Your will I want to do

 

Hear this prayer, oh hear this prayer.

 

My God above, I thank you

Savior in love, I thank you

Spirit a dove, I thank you

 

I thank you

Oh, I thank you

I thank you

For creating me

To do Your will

 

*For those of you who understand…there are 143 words in the lyrics*

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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Reconciliation Plea: Come and Get Me

Before I reflect on something that I find wonderful, I was thinking about another thing.  Why do I put myself out there on the world wide web for all to see?  Why share, in the broad sense even, some of the things that most people keep to themselves?  It is not for my own good to gain greater glory from mankind (yes…mankind and not humankind, for I find that man does not have to relate directly to the male race) or to have people pity me, but rather to share with others my experiences in hope that they lead them to God in some way or another.  There are always lessons to be learned and some of them come from unexpectant places in unique ways.  That being said, I will now continue on to share to some extent a brilliant story.

God will choose when He will show Himself to me and when He will not.  This past Saturday at Catholic Underground left me more at ease within the struggles of my heart and soul fed to my mind.  After the evening prayer it goes into straight adoration with some music.  The group I was with all got up, one intending to move closer to Jesus and the other two heading for confessions before the line got long.  My plan was not to go, but I thought why not since everyone else was.  In the process, we decided someone should stay back with the stuff, then go.  I offered because I had not intended to participate in the Sacrament.  After some debate it was determined, although I was the one in the pew, that I would go and someone else would stay.

As I was walking around to get in line with another of the aspirants for confession, I could not help but wonder what I was doing and what in the world I would say.  Sure, there was something weighing on me that has been, but what would I say about it?  As it was closer to my turn, the two in front of me (one being my fellow aspirant) turned and asked if I would go because they were waiting for particular priests to be open.  I was not going to say no, so I went to the seemingly young priest that was waiting.  It went down something like this. 

I told him about the weight of the past and the effect it has on my relationships.  I mentioned how the closer I get to what I believe to be God’s call for me (which I could be wrong about or could change, you never know), the more I feel pulling away from where God may want me.  That is the general jist of what I walked about.  It is not much different than that of which I have shared with others or that many people knew already.  This is a summary of what I heard back in response, much of it things I have heard in other forms.

  • God has forgiven me for the things I have done in the past, all those sins.  I need to forgive myself for the stuff that has happened.
  • The closer I am to God, the more the devil will pull at me.
  • It is a beautiful thing that God wants me to be His bride.  With that comes the pull of the devil to take me from that.
  • God wants me here, now, as I am in the present.  He does not want me in the past.  He does not want me in the thoughts of the future.  He wants me right now as I am. 
  • The devil feeds on the past and on the anxieties of the future.  He will use that to get to me.  The devil will take those things that hurt and that I do not forgive myself for in order to bring me down.  I will end up in a snowball effect, exploding at the end if I let the devil dig into me.
  • Do everything for the love of God. 

Those are the base things that I was told in my confession, all things I have heard in some form in the past.  Upon receiving the blessing of absolution, the priest then asked if I would pray for him.  What an honor it is, or so that is how I felt when he asked me.

Once I reached my pew, I began to write as I do normally.  These are the lyrics that ended up on my paper.  It is entitled “Come and Get Me.” 

Jesus, come and get me

Pull me far away

From all temptation

Oh sweet Jesus, Savior

Come and get me

 

You have forgiven me

But it all stays still

Lead me, help me

To forgive myself

 

This sin is no more

My life has turned

With Your grace

I must forgive myself

 

Jesus, come and get me

Pull me far away

From all temptation

Oh sweet Jesus, Savior

Come and get me

 

You’ve given me life

Yet the devil attacks

Perseverance needed

I need Your strength

 

Help me to live

In the present now

Cast out the past

Look not ahead

 

Jesus, come and get me

Pull me far away

From all temptation

Oh sweet Jesus, Savior

Come and get me

 

This path I follow

I pray You call

Life consecrated

To Your will

 

Give me Your love

Let it flourish

That I may reflect

Purest Image of You

 

Jesus, come and get me

Pull me far away

From all temptation

Oh sweet Jesus, Savior

Come and get me



This is my prayer, that Jesus would come and get me where I am at right now.  For Him to take me as I am, with all the struggles as well, is the greatest gift ever.  I hope that I am able to take this experience and use it in my life.  There was a small metanoia; something changed within me that was ever so small, but big enough to move on with life.  God is amazing, isn’t He?

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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