Forgive us our trespasses... Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do...
Put to death... Let go of all that I do not want to become - but I still embody, enflesh all that I, the misguided ego believes and creates I should be, and I follow eagerly. The truth is it's all fantasy - illusion - because who I am is actually so far from the unity, oneness of being, with and in all Creation with all Humanity. BE-ing is a present tense. I was.. I am... I will be - but the truth is, all I have is NOW.
In The Discarded Image, C.S.Lewis states; "Strictly speaking, He (God, The Holy Trinity) never foresees; He simply sees. Your ‘future’ is only an area, and only for us a special area, of His infinite Now. He sees (not remembers) your yesterday’s acts, because yesterday is still ‘there’ for Him; he sees (not foresees) your tomorrow’s acts, because He is already in tomorrow. As a human spectator, by watching my present act, does not at all infringe its freedom, so I am none the less free to act as I choose in the future because God, in that future (His present) watches me acting".
God is I am.
The I am is always "now", that's why Paul who, through experience, could write with confidence in the truth of this; Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and to day, and for ever.The main reason the people of that time in Palestine mocked Jesus and scourge Him and put Him to death was because He had showed and said "before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58)
If I continue to embody all the thoughts that tie me to "identity", I will never allow the work, God's work with my co-operation, of Him restoring His image and likeness which He desires to be accepted by and within my heart, mind, soul, and strength.
To whom can I turn for help in this endeavour? As Saint Paul, again, wrote - "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ!" "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword (or recession)? No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us, and gave Himself for us"
O Lord, By Thy voluntary Passion and offering to and for mankind upon The Cross, You have opened the Gates of Paradise and Peace, and call all to the feast of The Lamb who is also Shepherd, Lord and King. O long suffering Lord, Glory To Thee. Amen.
Married to Michael, happily!
Orthodox Christian Canine Carer, while owners go on their holidays.
Love all my family and friends wherever they are, in this life or the next.
Repentance is the key to happiness!