Sonntag, 22. Mai 2016

ധ്രുവദീപ്തി // Christianity // Divine Thoughts- Memorize God's Deeds.// Elsy Mathew, Bangalore

Divine Thoughts-

Memorize God's Deeds. 

It will bring us closeness in our lives : Pope Francis

It was you who brought me safely through birth, 
and when I was a baby, you kept me safe. 
I have relied on you since the day I was born, 
and you have always been my God.
( Pslams 22:9). 

Elsy Mathew, Bangalore.

Mrs. Elsy Mathew
A priest was on a voyage to the Holy Land. The cruise was almost for six months. One day the priest was standing on the deck and talking to an old man. They went on discussing many topics and many hours passed. As darkness was descending the priest bid good bye because it was time for him to recite his rosary. The old man also went  to the other side of the deck and opened his prayer book and began to pray. As the priest was walking along the deck reciting the rosary, he was struck very deeply by a certain kind of halo around the old man as he prayed. The priest approached the old man and said unintentionally, “You must be very close to God.” The old man smiled and said, “Yes, Yes. He is very fond of me.”


 Pope Francis asked that Christians always 'make a memory' of how God has appeared in their lives. The pope said that memories make us draw closer to God and remind us that they take us beyond the ancient splendor that Adam had in the first creation. "We must look back to see how God has saved us, follow – with our hearts and minds – this  path with its memories and in this way arrive at Jesus’s side. It’s the same Jesus, who in the greatest moment of his life – Holy Thursday and Good Friday, in the (Last) Supper - gave us his Body and his Blood and said to us ‘Do this in memory of me.’ In memory of Jesus. To remember how God saved us. "Memory makes us draw closer to God.  The memory of that work which God carried out in us, in this recreation, in this regeneration, that takes us beyond the ancient splendor that Adam had in the first creation. I give you this simple advice: Memorize it!  What’s my life been like, what was my day like today or what has this past year been like? (It’s all about) memory.  

Pope: We must memorize God's 
   beautiful deeds in our lives.

What has my relationship with the Lord been like?  Our memories of the beautiful and great things that the Lord has carried out in the lives of each one of us.” The Eucharist as a "memorial,” just as in the Bible the book of Deuteronomy is ‘the book of the Memory of Israel.’ And we must do the same in our personal lives, he said."It’s good for the Christian heart to memorize my journey, my personal journey: just like the Lord who accompanied me up to here and held me by the hand.  And the times I said to our Lord: No! Go away!. I don’t want you! Our Lord respects (our wishes).  He is respectful.   "But we must memorize our past and be a memorial of our own lives and our own journey.  We must look back and remember and do it often. ‘At that time God gave me this grace and I replied in that way, I did this or that… He accompanied me.’ And in this way we arrive at a new encounter, an encounter of gratitude.” We must thank Jesus from the heart because he has always been close, despite having disowned him.

Listen, my people, to my teaching and pay attention to what I say. I am going to use wise sayings and explain mysteries from the past, things we have heard and know, things that our ancestors told us. We will not keep them  from the children, we will tell the next generation about the Lord power and his great deeds and the wonderful things he has done. ... He divided the sea and took through it; he made the waters stand like walls. By day he led them with a cloud and all night long with the light of a fire. He split rocks open in the desert and gave them water from the depths. He caused a stream to come out of the rock and made water flow like a river...He spoke to the sky above and commanded its doors to open; he gave them grain from heaven, by sending down manna for them to eat So they ate the food of angels, and God gave them all they wanted...

In spite of all this the people kept sinning; in spite of his miracles they did not trust him. So he ended their days like a breath and their lives with sudden disaster. ... But God was merciful to his people. He forgave their sin and did not destroy them. Many times he held back his anger and restrained his fury. He remembered that they were only mortal beings, like a wind that blows by and is gone. (Psalms 78).

Did you know God is thinking about you right now? He thinks about you constantly. You are always on His mind. Do you know what He’s thinking? He’s not thinking about all that you’ve done wrong in your life. No, He’s thinking about the good things He has in store for your future. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His thoughts are for our good. His plans are to prosper us and to give us a future and a hope. Do you know what else He’s thinking? He’s thinking about how much He loves you. He’s not mad at you; He’s madly in love with you! Let that love bring security to your heart and mind. The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. Just take a deep breath right now and breathe in His love and peace. When you receive His love, it drives out fear and gives you confidence to embrace the good things He has in store for your future

O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; 
how many of them there are! 
If I counted them, 
they would be more than the grains of sand. 
When I awake, I am still with you. 
(Psalms 139:17).
God’s love is not one sided but it is a mutual give and take. If you love God, then you must be able to feel God’s love flowing towards you and feel His presence all around you. The more you are open to God the more your attitude becomes transparent and God’s love flows easily to you and your unconditional love to Him. When you are filled with God’s presence more winds of existence start flowing in and out of you. The culmination of God’s love is when you allow God to find you. The whole trip of prayer and meditation is about feeling the presence of God.

Those who have put their trust in God will come to understand the truth of his ways. 
Those who have been faithful will live with him in his love, 
 for he is kind and merciful to the ones whom he has chosen. 
(Wisdom 3:9).

God's Presence
One night a man had a dream that he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his past life. Each time he noticed that there were two sets of footprints on the sand; one belonging to him and another to the Lord. But he noticed that sometimes there was only one set of footprints. And as he could recall, this was always during the saddest and hardest days of his life. This bothered him and he complained to the Lord and said, “Lord you told me that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But now I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why you left me just at the times when I needed you most.”

The Lord replied, “My child, I never left you at all during those times. You see only one set of footprints, because during those hard times I lifted you up and carried you.”
I am your God and will take care of you 
until you are old and your hair is grey. 
                                          I made you and will care for you; 
                                            I will give you help and  rescue you. 
                                         ( Isaiah 46:4).

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