Wednesday, April 10, 2013

rest

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12


When we are truly convinced of our own belovedness; then, and only then, will we be able to experience the wholeness, and the fullness, and the life that we were created for.  Then, and only then, will we be free to stop our grasping, and clinging, and striving, and achieving, and jockeying, and proving, and manufacturing, and protecting, and defending, and manipulating; and finally be able to experience the rest that we so deeply long for.  His love and affection (the word for beloved here is from the Hebrew root dowd, which means to boil; an extremely passionate love, used over and over again in the Song of Songs); His strength and power, will hold us safely and securely.  They will shield us and give us shelter from our deepest fears and insecurities.  Because of the truth that we are fully and radically loved, we can live in that love and lay our weary heads between the strong and loving shoulders of our Father, and find rest.  Thanks be to God!




All mature religion must and will talk about the death of any notion of a separate, and therefore False Self, while recognizing that only a deep security in a Larger Love will give you the courage to do that.  The True Self can let go because it is radically safe at its core.  

                                                                           ~Richard Rohr

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