“But you … keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life … Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear.” (Jude 1:20-23)
Wonderful are those moments in which our spiritual batteries have just been recharged and we’re coming back from a family retreat, where we could experience again the actual presence of God and loads of warm welcome from the other people. Where everyone was nice, kind and kept their hearts open wide. Then we just miss those moments gone by, regretting the idyl is over. In course of time, when everyday floods us with drawbacks and setbacks, we also lose the ability to be nice and kind, and, instead, filled with resent – we rebel against the idea that “it is me who should concede, stop insisting, resign”. Our peace is taken away from us.
So we’re left with this question: what to do to “keep ourselves in God’s love”?
We go back in mind to the memories of the past, but memory may easily fail us, or get littered with other stuff. Sometimes the help comes with the photos and meetings with firends who experience God in a similar way. Some people go through the retreat materials again – and that helps a lot, too.
And there is one more way. It consists in looking for similar moments during each day – the moments that used to be so helpful, so supportive, which made us stronger. Those tiny events of every day, when – in the kind word from the husband, in the grip of the small preschool child’s hand, or in by preventing a quarrel with a teenager – you notice the smile of God, who is present in the other person. Those moments are worth memorizing.
For example – through blogging. 😉
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