So, after a 4 day weekend, I have returned to my regular routine :) Lots going on - a trip with Hank and his class to an amusement park, my in-laws in town visiting, Hank's pre-k graduation tonight... my mind is in a bit of a whirl. I'll try and focus more in tomorrow's post, but as I sat down to write this, I searched for some inspiration, and the main thing that came to mind is the Living Faith entry for the eleventh Sunday in ordinary time.
"I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. Galatians 2:20.
If you were looking for a Bible verse that sums up Christianity in a sentence, you have it here. The Jesus who loved me so much that he gave his life to save mine lives in the depths of my being. Now he, not me, is the living center of my life. My life comes to me today as a gift of God as I live it in union with Jesus living in me. That is the awesome reality. To discover it for oneself is what Christianity is all about.
Perhaps you are acquainted with the 'Jesus Prayer.' It is short and simple: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' Many Christians pray it repeatedly throughout the day. To a young monk who asked how he could be transformed by Christ, an older monk replied, 'Go into your room and keep praying the Jesus prayer from your heart. The prayer will do the rest.'
I dare say the same is true of Paul's statement. God into your heart; keep pondering these words. Jesus in you will do the rest."
This really struck a chord with me. Especially this weekend, I get so caught up in day-to-day tasks and worries ("are my in-laws having a good time? do they think that I'm a good hostess? Wait...DO THEY THINK I'M A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER?!) that I lose sight of maintaining any semblance of a Christian witness. This was a good reminder for me.
This evening, I'm bound for the grocery store to pick up a customized cookie cake to surprise Hank with. We're having my parents over, plus my in-laws, and then the graduation ceremony later. *snorts* Too cute. I can't wait to post a picture of Hank in his little cap and gown.
Later this week, I anticipate many, MANY belly dance posts, plus Hank's new children's Bible is due to arrive from amazon, so I'll post a review of that, and much more :) It's good to be back!