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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Seeing

trials compete for the perception of our present reality
often filtered by our finiteness and the prism of subjectivity
adversity challenges our faith's vision as we seek understanding and relief

eternity's advantage provides a more enlightened perspective
especially from the One who has already tread the Via Dolorosa
and triumphed over death's dominion
so let us commence the seeing together and find the truth midst labor's pain

you see your cross and say "Why me?"

I see your burden and say "Why not you?"
give Me the name of a loved one upon whose shoulders
you would place it in your stead for all must walk
from the darkness of the fall through change's portal
into Purity's light though many decide to travel in the shadows
'till  in the end they find horror in the rewards
they vainly pursued

you see your cross and feel others elude such pain
seeming always to prosper while you struggle
from day to day

I see all and say no one escapes
though appearances deceive
each journey is different yet the same
My call and offer have no limits save in the will
of every man since the battle for the soul is inward
and therein lies the many unseen afflictions

you see tribulation's pressure and wonder when it
will ever end and what purpose could it ever serve

I see gold in the making when in cooperation
the flame of purification is accomplishing its mission

you see the temptation to escape everywhere you look
and find momentary solace in pleasure's company
sometimes turning from My ways

but I see only ball and chain when self is enthroned
while never finding the satisfaction sought

you see simply the struggle to carry your cross

I see your willingness to endure
trusting despite uncertainty's din

you see your solitary journey and
despite prayer and personal support
feel the aloneness of your painful watch

I see your trusting faithfulness and the angels who
accompany your every step while My Presence fills
your sacred temple

you see the struggle to face your hardship and give
thanks in all circumstances as your feelings resist your will

I see the Spirit hovering over your waters re-creating
and renewing you in the image of Gethsemane's passage

you see a self of weakness and need

I see a heart becoming like Mine for
love is transformed by Love and in the end become one

so take comfort in these truths
keep your eyes on Me and
unite yourself with My timeless Calvary and
while seeing your present challenge
know that this too shall pass

-Which thoughts reflect your experience? How?
-Which "seeing" by the Lord struck you the most?
-How does an "eternal perspective" help?
-When looking back at past trials, how did the Lord use them?
-How do faith and feelings relate in your experience of trials?
-Do you have supportive relationships in your walk with the Lord?
-If yes, evaluate the openness and honesty with one another.
-If not, seek and you shall find at least one person to whom you can confide.

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