When life caves in, you do not need reasons- you need comfort. You do not need answers- you need someone. And Jesus does not come to us with an explanation- He comes to us with His presence.
NIV Worship Bible
I praise You every season of my soul
When we are faithful in keeping ourselves in his holy presence, keeping him always before us, this not only prevents our offending him or doing something displeasing in his sight (at least willfully), but it also brings to us a holy freedom, and if I may say so, a familiarity with God wherein we may ask and receive the graces we are so desperately in need of.
—Brother Lawrence if the Ressurrection
It’s amazing what perspective can do.
In Ruth we see that there are no “mere coincidences” in the lives of God’s people; His fingerprints can be found on even the most seemingly trivial events.
Lord Jesus, You did not come for people who insist they are good but for people who know they are not. Deliver me from self-righteousness. Forgive me for being too stubborn to repent, too proud to fall at your feet. Help me to remember the depths from which you You saved me. Help me to remember that I am not worthy of Your grace. May I never be a stumbling block for anyone who is reaching out to You. And God forbid that I should ever chase off the ones You came to save.
I no longer want to just hear about you, beloved Lord, through messengers. I no longer want to hear doctrines about you, nor to have my emotions stirred by people speaking of you. I yearn for your presence.
—Saint John of the Cross
Jesus, You’re BEAUTIFUL