“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15
Standing on The Gospel
Reaching Ephesians 6:15 “and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace”
We need to be “readied” by the “shoes” of the “death, burial, and resurrection of Christ”, which is the Gospel that brings peace.
I had a dream last Wednesday night, after Wednesday’s events and blog post, that has left such an impression on me, much as the same dream that I had before my conversion in which I now see as the beginning of my conversion or departure from self and the world. This dream last week, however, was a dream of arrival into the arms of my Lord.
When I was young, I would focus on the wounds of our Lord and pray to God to allow me to heal them for Him. To sit at his side and nurse his wounds. I could see His broken body so clearly, suffering in so much pain. I wanted to cleanse them and dress them. Administer ointment to them and kiss Him and make Him well, then I would pray that I could be the horse that our Lord would ride into battle to take out all the sin from the world. Good Lord, when I think of that now, I understand the gravity of my asking that of Him.
I was in a dim lit maze. I had reached the end. I was blocked in on three sides. To the left was a solid wall. I was wrought with worry. I didn’t know where to go. Turning around was not an option as the entire maze had been full of terrors at every turn. In front of me there was no way to move forward. To the right, was a wall. Cut into the wall on the right was a passage that was outlined with bright light as it was cut through before but looked solid. It wasn’t me who had been there before, but the way was made easy for me to pass through. I pressed my shoulder on the cut out and broke through. I laughed so hard because it was so easy. The wall went from looking as solid stone, to being only made of something like Styrofoam. It was a Styrofoam facade maze I had been traveling through.
When I broke through while laughing after, I was in the parking lot of my Parish. It was packed with people. There was a Man and a small group of souls waiting for me. I can not identify the souls waiting with Him. The worry left me immediately and was replaced with utter peace. He smiled and I was full of so much love for this Man. I had reached the Man I had been searching for my entire life. He grabbed me and bent down to lift my right foot. The soul of my boot was warn away and my toes were exposed. He continued to smile and grabbed me by the hand and told me: “Come on, lets get you your new shoes.” and led me away.
I woke up after, immersed in the love and peace I had in this dream, which is still with me, looked at my crucifix smiling and said out loud, It’s You!
“18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.* 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.m 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.n 21 Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”o 22 Judas, not the Iscariot,* said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.”
Immersed in Thy love;
Fresher than morning dew;
Here I’m kept away from every earthly care.
Such tender feeling;
Caressed by my Beloved;
You’re the loveliest, much fairer than the fair.
Moments with You,
Now I seize this opportunity to say
That I love You.
I will be with You
All my days, come what may.
I cannot help it;
I’m so in love with You
For I’ve tasted Your divine heavenly wine.
I’m soaked with Thy love,
I pour my all on You.
What my future holds for me, my Lord are Thine.
I’m so attracted
By Your constraining love,
And Your Name is sweet as ointment poured forth
I’m captivated by Your dear Person, Lord.
Draw me from this age to pursue only You…
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!