“Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisee and scribes murmured, saying, This man recieveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my lost sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either that woman having ten pieces of silver, is she loose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15 v1-10 AKJV
To be like Jesus. Shall I ask where have those others been, for I have not seen them in going on four years now? Those of the unseen order of Christianity, bearing in the mind, the soul, a passion for another.
To live, I am to move on from that control, desired from the depths of that process of thinking, and know that “I am” a child of God. By his redeeming grace “I am” his. That really has not been the question nor the concern but the real concern is the masses of those making the profession to which they bring little or no empathy.
Confused, by relying on an overload of information, maybe… unreliable, by an ever-growing dependence on the constant shifting affliction of materialism, maybe…deceived, by the constant need for inclusion or approval to give a false measure of assurance, only to find a place of what seems to be implicated as total solitude when in the depths of needing support or hope.
That is not the end, thank goodness, nor is it even a situation that we have to contend with. As I said before, “I am” a child of God. The very faith of drawing a breath from what cannot be seen in the air gives life. Life is good. Beyond that, the hope of helping others to know even a renewed spirit in life. Have I fallen short, absolutely.
-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another…
-perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding…
Just above, the definition of two words derived from a google search and how closely related they can be, the two words, empathy/discernment. Both share some measure of what Christianity could bring, but far above in the writing lay the most simple, action innovated solution for experiencing these two deeply implied spiritual connotations of Christianity.
To be like Jesus. …I have seen some, just not the expected ones. Our Lord is merciful, and those who have been wondering-where have I been-the release…maybe. I press on, to the fullness of restoration, my measure of many is enough already, distorted-the plumb line cannot be made crooked.
Even I, Lord, keep in me the the right understanding…
“And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like the oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.” Daniel 5 v21 AKJV
I am so very thankful for those who have gone before me. I am so thankful for those you have sent to me over a lifetime. I pray for those, and even me who need to go where you would have us to go, as we say we are guided…Today, the stranger I encountered from a far away place, even tells me of her thanks to those who have gone to the far away place, in your name. Their song of the people, “We are so very, very, thankful for all that you have done for us.”
As we pray, this day, the restoration of our nations church, let it be found with great empathy, and great discernment, and that is beyond the words. Amen