Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 12/20

From Caryll Houselander's A Child In Winter, this passage may help any of us who are feeling burdened or overwhelmed by the Christmas season...

Whoever you are,
however you are,
whatever you are doing: 
Christ never goes away, never forgets, all day long...

His whole heart is concentrated on you...

He watches you with the eye of a mother
watching an only child...

He sees not the surface things,
not the imperfections inevitable to human frailty,
but the truly lovable in you,
your dependence on him,
your need of him...

Does a mother love her child less
because it has fallen and bruised itself?
No, indeed.
she only (if that is possible) 
loves her child more!

What then must we do?


    Be silent...

    Let Christ speak to you...

Forget yourself,
do not be self-centered,
let him tell you how he loves you,
show you what he's like,
prove to you that he is real.

Silence in your soul
means a gentle attention to Christ,
it means turning away from self to him,
it means looking at him,
listening to him...

God speaks silently...

God speaks in your heart:
if your heart is noisy, chattering,
you will not hear...

Every ordinary thing in your life is a word of God's love:
your home, your work, the clothes you wear,
the air you breathe, the food you eat,
the friends you delight in, the flowers under your feet
are all the courtesy of God's heart flung down on you!

All these things say one thing only:
"See how I love you."

And God asks only one thing,
that you will let him tell you this, 
directly, simply,
"See how I love you..."


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