December 11, 2014, “Catch” , Walter Sullivan, Matt. 11:11-15–

“Are You Really Listening?” Matt. 11:15 The Message

My attitude has been changing the past few years, and this year I am practicing more and more that attitude. First of all I am not worrying about volunteers, calling friends and donors, and putting out a last appeal for donations, and rushing around going out to dinners with people–I am simply listening, working with my guys, listening to them, loving them, letting everything else simply be. And in the process I am catching hold of the reign of God more.

Today I talked to a lady whose husband was recently shot–little news about it–her fears of living in her neighborhood now, her children’s fears–as I moved on the street tonight I heard the fears of people of the coming rain. I was catching the reign of God in our midst.

Secondly as I catch hold of the reign of God I am hearing the words of Charles de Foucauld:

“The moment I realized that God existed, I knew that I could not do otherwise than to live for Him alone. . . Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything. It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy—like a child hand in hand with his mother.”
– Venerable Charles de Foucauld

(Pray the grace to go through this day “calmly and peacefully, with profound joy . . .”)

I am simply trusting in Jesus, and “running the race fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith.” Life is difficult but it is worth living. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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