“The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” A fascinating article published recently suggested five positive ways to stay close to someone you love and whose friendship you enjoy and want to maintain.
Here they are in a nutshell:
1. Practice Mindfulness
2. Be open to forgive and ask for forgiveness.
3. Know your own weaknesses.
4. Listen Actively
5. Stay calm and always communicate your feelings and thoughts.
While these can certainly (and should be) debated, they do carry some merit. They also shed some interesting light on a particular motif and thread weaving in and out of all our beautiful Scriptural Readings today. They are all about staying very close to the Lord to be safe and warm with a truly fulfilling and happy life.
(Practice mindfulness) “Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly.” Whether in Church or alone in solitude, resting with God is truly a blessing.
(Know your own weaknesses) “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” Self-love is not vanity; it is sanity.
(Practice forgiveness) “Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me.” We all need God to forgive us. Forgiving others helps us realize that He hears our own requests for peace and absolution.
(Stay calm and communicate) “My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord. I know them, and they follow me.” Worry does not serve at all. Trust in the One who is already looking for us to give us hope. Share your faith with others.
(Listen actively) “Everyone is looking for you.” Jesus is always reaching out to us in situations that may even surprise the heftiest of skeptics. Listen with the determined intent to learn something every day. Then ask God for guidance to move forward. “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” Wherever you live, make sure you are staying close to the Lord.
“Nothing in or of this world measures up to the simple pleasure of experiencing the presence of God.” Aiden Wilson Tozer