Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hope for the Hurting

From "Revelations of Divine Love" by Lady Julian of Norwich, as she shares some of the things God showed her:

Yea, so far forth I saw, that our Lord joyeth of the tribulations of His servants, with [pity] and compassion. On each person that he loveth, to his bliss for to bring them, He layeth something that is no blame in His sight, whereby they are blamed and despised in this world, scorned, mocked, and outcasted. And this He doeth for to hinder the harm that they should take from the pomp and the vain-glory of this wretched life, and make their way ready to come to Heaven, and up-raise them in His bliss everlasting. For He saith: I shall wholly break you of your vain affections and your vicious pride; and after that I shall together gather you, and make you mild and meek, clean and holy, by [making you one with] me. ...

Wherein were two manner of understandings in our Lord's meaning. The one was the bliss that we are brought to, wherein He willeth that we rejoice. The other is for comfort in our pain: for He willeth that we perceive that it shall all be turned to worship and profit by virtue of His passion, that we perceive that we suffer not alone but with Him, and see Him to be our Ground, and that we see His pains and His [dying for us] passeth so far all that we may suffer, that it may not be fully thought.

The beholding of this will save us from murmuring and despair in the feeling of our pains. And if we see [the truth that] our sin deserveth it, yet His love excuseth us, and of His great [mercy] He doeth away all our blame, and beholdeth us with compassion and pity as children innocent and unloathful.

This passage was taken from the 99-cent Kindle version of this classic.

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