julian-old

Today’s Bible reading  

 So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed.  By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on that day he rested from all his work.  God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. He blessed it because on that day he rested from all the work he had done.  —  Genesis 2:1-3

More thoughts for meditation

And God showed me a little thing, in the palm of my hand, round like a ball, no bigger than a hazelnut. I gazed at it, puzzling at what it might be. And God said to me, “It is all of creation.” I was amazed that it could last and did not suddenly disintegrate and all into nothingness, for it was so tiny. And again God spoke to me, “It lasts, both now and forever, because I cherish it.” And I understood that everything has its being owing to God’s care and love. We need to realize the insignificance of creation and see it for the emptiness it is before we can embrace the uncreated God in love. We will find no rest for our heart or spirit as long as we seek it in insignificant things which cannot satisfy us, rather than in God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and beneficent. He is our true repose. And he desires to be known and is pleased that we should rest in him. For nothing less than him can satisfy us.  We cannot rest until we are detached from all that is created. When we have done so for love of God who is all, only then are we able to enjoy spiritual rest. — Julian

Suggestions for action

Consider Julian’s image of the hazelnut that is cherished by God. What incidents in your life this week seem as small and insignificant as the tiny hazelnut? Sit with God’s gaze on such small things. Remind yourself of God’s love sustaining you.

Carry this thought with you: God is pleased that we should rest in him.

Pray:  Out of your goodness, O God, give me yourself for you are sufficient for me. I rest in you.