Receiving the Gift of Transforming, Creative Love

Christmas, Dec 27
Read Isaiah. 42:9

What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself?

And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and  if I am not also full of grace?

What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his/her Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?

This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of God is begotten in us.”
Matthew Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart,  p. 81

Just as I can do almost nothing without God, so too God can accomplish nothing apart from me. -– Ibid., p. 93

Receiving God’s gift and surrendering to God’s love begins to break down my walls of shame, fearful defenses, and inhibition.  The more the walls are weakened, breached, and removed, the more God’s creative love bubbles up in my being and spills over in my life.  I am both a new creation and a co-creator with God!

You have called me to a new task and an awesome responsibility:
To be the bearer of your life
To incarnate your love and your word
And to witness in joy and amazement
Your wonderful acts of mercy and power.
I have found favor in you,
And your presence is always with me.
Daily you feed and sustain m
And nightly you rebuild my strength. (Nancy R. Smith)



About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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