Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Other Worldly JOY

Other Worldy JOY

"In C. S. Lewis’ autobiography, Surprised by Joy, he tells of experiencing an other-worldly joy ─ a specific Joy that defies our modern understanding. This idea of Joy is not a satisfied desire but an unsatisfied desire ─ a deep longing for God, a hungry pursuit of God’s heart that never ends and is more satisfying than any earthly happiness.

Lewis recalls three seemingly trivial and disconnected events with a common thread: he experienced a sudden, piercing pang of longing ─ a bittersweet ache and yearning for something far-off, other-worldly, and unnamed during each event.

He would later recognize these sudden aches of longing: a deep spiritual hunger for God ─ not just for an intellectual knowledge of God, but for a real relationship with Him. These deep longings in Lewis’ life ─ these stabs of Joy ─ worked as flashing sign-markers pointing him down the path toward Christ.

How to Act on This

True Joy, as Lewis presents it to us, is the ache for something beyond this world. The Holy Spirit uses this restlessness to awaken spiritual hunger. When little moments of life ─ like the way the light falls on a summer evening, or the beauty you see in a tree that seems to speak to you, stir you with a deep longing that’s hard to define, don’t look to earthly pursuits to fill the void. Instead, allow the ache to push you deeper into your relationship with God. Pursue Him. Allow that longing for Him to become the hottest fire in your heart."
~ Tom Hackett

Beauty of the Soul

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown


"O Savior, thou who wearest A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest, Weigh’d down by grief and scorn.
 The soldiers mock and flail thee; For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee To die, O King of all.

 No creature is so lowly, No sinner so depraved,
 But feels thy presence holy And thru thy love is saved.
 Tho craven friends betray thee, They feel thy love’s embrace;
The very foes who slay thee Have access to thy grace.

 Thy sacrifice transcended The mortal law’s demand;
Thy mercy is extended To ev’ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us, Tho long the fight may be,
 Nor fear of death alarm us; We live, O Lord, thru thee.

What praises can we offer To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer; In our place thou didst die,
By heaven’s plan appointed, To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed, To thee our love we bring!"

Accept with Open Arms, Assume the Best, Love and Encourage

Accept with Open Arms, 

Assume the Best,

 Love and Encourage