I did a book review on Brennan Manning’s “The Ragamuffin Gospel” and I would like to journey through his “19 Mercies: A Spiritual Retreat” which is a short devotional included at the end of the updated version of his book. Let’s look at each mercy one by one together.
Last week, I was just meditating on the first mercy, “Come” and sharing it with one of the five sisters. The reading that was included with this mercy was Psalm 139 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139).
Brennan then told the story of a ferocious lion chasing you and then you find a rope off a cliff where you can escape the lion. As you are dangling from the rope you see a beautiful strawberry. However, you were still distracted by the rocks below and the lion above as well as little mice already gnawing at the rope you are hanging from. He was talking about how the Spirit brings the beautiful strawberries in your life but if you are distracted with anxiety or things above (the lion and gnawing mice) or distractions or things below (the rocks) you will miss the strawberry in front of your face. You just need to “Come” in the midst of everything that you are experiencing, facing, living–just ‘come’.
This Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, I really want to stop and bask in God’s presence. I want to enjoy the strawberries that I often miss. I hope you will do that too. I hope that you will “Come” to Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to be present in your life. The Christian walk is messy. It’s so difficult when we try to do it apart from Christ. If being a Christian is following Him, why do we try to do it apart from Him? We all desperately need Him. I am a Ragamuffin (see previous post for a definition:)). I’m grateful for the beautiful reminder of just how much God loves his “Ragamuffins.” I am thankful for His peace.
Please enjoy this quote that Brennan Manning included in his book:
“Calm thyself, O my soul, so that the divine can act in thee!
Calm thyself, O my soul, so that God is able to repose
in thee so that His peace may cover thee!”
(Posted by Anna)