Monthly Archives: November 2017

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.
(Luke 17:33)

Lord, please help me to shed this shell of myself. When I was reading this morning, I reached for a notebook and pen and wrote:

I am not a self-made woman;
I am God-made.
I am not self-sufficient.
I am God sufficient.
I am not self-confident;
I am God confident.
I am not self-assured;
I am God assured.
I am not self-conscious;
I am God conscious.

Keep me conscious of you today, Lord. When I think “my,” let me substitute “our,” as the nuns used to do, for nothing belongs to me, not even my self. Please let me lose myself in you.

The Lord said to him, “Oh, you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”
(Luke 11:39)

The Pharisees, Lord, had ritualized the laws into external practices that no longer reflected their purpose. Everything was for show. We used to call it “putting on the dog.”

You who are with us when no one else is looking, who know us when we do not know ourselves, help us to seek only your approval. Show us how to cleanse our souls by giving and forgiving.

Let me examine my faults, not wallowing in them, but trusting in your mercy to heal and convert me.

The Lord said to him, “Oh, you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”
(Luke 11:39)

The Pharisees, Lord, had ritualized the laws into external practices that no longer reflected their purpose. Everything was for show. We used to call it “putting on the dog.”

You who are with us when no one else is looking, who know us when we do not know ourselves, help us to seek only your approval. Show us how to cleanse our souls by giving and forgiving.

Let me examine my faults, not wallowing in them, but trusting in your mercy to heal and convert me.

Please forgive me, anyone who has been reading these reflections, for the gap. I wrote them but haven’t published them yet; so I am going to start with today’s and go backwards. I will put all from October together in one post later, and fill in the first half of November as well. Practical matters delayed me; so I am starting over. Thank you for your patience.