“Oh soul whom I love, pay no heed to this ruthless enemy … but as soon as possible have recourse to Me, and filled with deepest contrition implore My mercy and have no fear. I will forgive you. Take up again your life of fervour, and you will have back your lost merits, and My grace will never fail you. “
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-Then Abraham approached him and said: -“Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?
Far be it from you to do such a thing – to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike.
Far be it from you!
Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”-
The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so hold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and she’s, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
One again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What is only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.”-
It’s a full conversation with a voice.
God talking, is madness, surely?
And yet; God speaks.
I love it.
“-When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and if his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.”-
In my mind Syria and Iraq and the Occupied Territories come to mind; I can see the scene…angels clasping the hands of terrorised humans and leading them to safety in the fog of war.
Damned if you do damned if you don’t,
Hell for leather,
Hammer and tongs,
Till death do us part,
Give up the ghost,
Every dog has its place in the sun,
Rage against the dying of the light,
Strike whilst the iron is hot,
Count your chickens before they hatch,
Against the dying of the day;
There are bigger fish to fry,
A stitch in time saves nine.
Eggs in one basket,
When you rattle a snake expect a bite –
Pierre et Seydou and
An apple a day keeps the doctor away,
The early bird catches the worm;
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush
Two peas in a pod,
Let sleeping dogs lie,
Tomorrow never comes.
Diamonds are forever,
For by your words you will be acquitted,
And by you words you will be condemned.
-short evocative poetry-
“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew
The days are blurring!
I think I’m a day ahead….but with that in mind, too bad because I spent the day meditating on this anyway.
Forgiving school mates, colleagues and neighbours.
Yawn. Oooops, tired today.
I didn’t spend time with school mates or colleagues or neighbours.
I did thaw something with my sister…today is my Dad’s anniversary and my brothers birthday so it’s been quiet.
I really don’t have much to say.
I have three more weeks to get to Easter, and then something like two months after, to get through ‘one hundred days of love’.
At this stage I’m asking myself what I got myself into.
But I’m hunkered down – what will come of it, will come.
Today I have forgiveness on my mind. I’m aware of it all the time, in all situations.
The group is beginning to understand that this is it with Jesus so we’ve been going up to him one by one.
I’ll rummage about in my closet and see if I can pull out some confessions.
I’d love to be free of the past.
P.S. A capacity for forgiveness may be the single most important attribute for heaven
I’m home now.
I’m just watching footage of the Japanese Tsunami.
I had no idea how bad it was. Villages were swept away.
I remember the scale of the one on the Asian coast. What was the final number?
It’s the whole, families, villages, cities thing that gets me.
The silent retreat this weekend was very DEEP for me.
I learned that self love is where you start.
I learned it leads to self-respect.
I learned that detachment does not mean disconnection.
I will feel, I will be in situations, I will be with people – but – if I place myself in love and self respect – then I can observe the situation and be of help, rather than succumb to anger, or resentment, or panic.
I’ve re-discovered that Truth actually, is everything.
I heard that God loves me, that we are living in funny times and the world is going to be pummeled by natural disasters of epic proportions.
This is a prediction based on the way things seem to be going,by people who claim affinity with these sort of things.
I am learning to love people I don’t even know.
So tonight, round the camp fire, looking at Jesus, I am beginning to understand that this man loved people he never met. People who beat him up and then killed him.
I feel very special…but I want to ask…why? Why does he love us? Jesus? Ok…he was a man so perhaps he learned that he wanted to be loved and if so, then everyone does.
But god? Why does HE love us? Me?
Is he mad?
I forgot who I’m supposed to be forgiving.
I don’t know what I was expecting.
I’m tired of looking at myself…..ahhhhhhhHHHHHH!
Today I’m to make a list of all the people I would like to be forgiven by.
There are so few…hahaha!
No really, all I can think of is my Sister, but I’ve done this before and it just seems to leave the door open to more rubbish.
I get to a perfectly workable relationship, then I open the door and the same rubbish walks in.
Sigh. I wonder if you can forgive but ask the person to stay away?
It’s going to be a long week. I really can’t think of anyone I need to forgive. I have no grudges that I’m carrying, nothing that comes up.
Except myself and God.
I have alot of regrets in my life. I was never the person to think that I would but I experience these moments of regret.
It’s everywhere. All my memories have been taken over by regret.
I don’t know when it happened but I feel like all the choices I made were wrong, all the experiences I’ve had are fake, all the friendships I’ve had, I’ve not been good in.
Tonight round the fire, everyone is quiet. No-one’s talking, not even Jesus, we’re looking into the flames and being together.
I want to ask him what he means when he says he has the power to forgive.
By whose authority? When he says God’s, what does he mean?
When he takes about his father, who is he talking about? The Hebrew guy…Abraham etc?
What about my lot? Where are my ancestors in all this?
Anyway, I stare at the flames and resolve to see this through. Wherever he goes, I go.