The True Self
Have good words been hard to come by? Does it seem a dark cloud is hovering over your head? Has discouragement seemed to have taken root? If so, then what do we do? Maybe doing isn't the answer! What if we simply need to "be?" What does is mean to "be?" For those of us that would define ourselves as ones that follow Jesus, It think it's explained well in this quote:
"Love is not something you do; love is someone you are. It is your True Self. Love is where you came from an love is where you're going. It's not something you can buy. It's not something you can attain. It is the presence of God within you, called the Holy Spirit--or what some theologians name uncreated grace." -Richard Rohr
You might have to read over that a few times and pause for some time to let it sink in. God doesn't love, God's true self is love, and therefore those that have joined the relationship of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit (some call the Trinity) now must recognize that our true self is Love. St. Bernard says it like this, "In those respects in which the soul is unlike God, it is also unlike itself. And in those ways in which the soul is most unlike itself, it is most unlike God." Our true nature or "self" is love, because from the beginning we were created out of a love relationship. Love is manifested in many physical ways and it seems that the first way was light. The first creation of love was light. This seems significant when we are told in John 1 that "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." May we simply "be" what we have been created to be. May we express our true selves and manifest light into darkness. May we be love, and bring new life to the discouragement that may be around us.
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