Quotes and Nutcrackers.

Consider the following quote, found in the opening pages of “Abba’s Child,” by Brennan Manning. If you get a chance: read the book. Read it. Just do.

Brennan pens these words as if they are spoken from the lips of Christ directly to my heart, to your heart:

Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: a Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and Love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.

Now read that quote again. I certainly had to.

… And maybe once (or thrice) more for good measure.

I must allow those words to steep inside of me for a good long while… Because: He really is saying such things to us right here and right now.

Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: a Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and Love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.

(See what I did there? I was sneaky. I made you read it one more time… heh heh.)

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Also… Merry Christmas (a few hours late)! I spent my day running in the frigid rain, eating homemade fondue with adorable miniature forks, being pelted with Nerf darts by my two married brothers (and my dad), watching my niece twirl in her glitter-blinged princess gown, eating a wee little bit of prime rib (while eating a huge massive portion of soft bread and roasted potatoes), singing my family’s favorite song (about an Aloha Turtle… seriously), reminiscing about that one time I suddenly threw up in the middle of choir class in grade 7 (…… and swallowed it), and also (obviously) relaxing on the ground with my Nutcracker friends – as the following photo testifies:

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Now that you’ve seen that strange and unsettling photo, I’d like to move on to the next order of business…

There’s a quote I’d like to share with you. An excellent one:

Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: a Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and Love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.

…… gotcha!!! 😉  It’s so abundantly worth half a dozen reads.

Merry Christmas, dear friends.

May His love sweep into your heart like the fresh breath of spring.

Further up and Further in.

 

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