Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As the Father has loved me…

"As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you.”

The Father allowed Jesus to be killed…and not just killed but killed in the most slow and painful way imaginable…and to be flogged and tortured for hours before that.

The Father loved his son, Jesus, enough to allow this so that Jesus might ‘live’ into the fullness of his calling.  So that he might be the Savior he was born to be.

What does this verse say about Jesus’ love for me?  What does it say about my prayers for Jesus to help me with every little ache and pain, every disappointment and inconvenience?

Does Jesus love me enough to not answer my prayer, “Father, take this cup from me.”

Does Jesus love me enough to help me truly pray, “Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.”

Prayer of Abandonment by Charles de Foucald
I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you
with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

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